Best Speaker Award

District 71: Division Director Candidate at the 13 May Elections

Daniel Sandars ACS ALB

My Toastmaster Experience

I joined Cranfield Speakers in September 2011 to get regular practice at presentations and to improve. I kept renewing because I also valued the non-singles scene social connection it provides as well as the regular pleasure of achieving recognized bite-sized speaking and leadership challenges. I am also a charter member and former club mentor of Northampton Speakers. Last year I coordinated the highly successful delivery of a Speechcraft program to ten doctoral students at Cranfield University. When travelling with work I try to visit clubs in the Europe and have taken part in meetings in Malta, Bilbao, and Copenhagen. Currently, I serve as District 71 Speechcraft Chair and Area Director of G44. I’ve one more speech and the balance of my service as Area Director before I earn my Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM).

Toastmasters Offices Held

Outfit Office Period Distinguished
District 71 Area Director 2016-’17 Est. Select
Northampton Club VP PR 2016-’17 Est. President’s
Cranfield Club President 2015-’16 President’s
Northampton Club VP Education 7/9/2015-’16 Select
Cranfield Club VP Public Relations 2014-’15 President’s
Cranfield Club Secretary 2013-’14 President’s

Please see appendixes for further information on my Toastmaster track record and awards.

Experience outside Toastmasters

Professionally, I am an Operational Researcher (Management Scientist) employed as a Research Fellow at Cranfield University where I specialise in decisions and quantitative policy analysis in the agricultural and environmental sectors. My degrees are in Agriculture (Seale-Hayne College), Applied Environmental Science (Wye College), and Operational Research (University of Hertfordshire).  Rumour has it that it all started when I was two as I took to hanging out with the oldest farmer in our village as we both walked at the same speed checking the cattle in the fields.

My wife Stephanie and I live nearby in Newport Pagnell along with our three pre-teen children and James Bond’s carmaker Aston Martin. In the years prior to the arrival of our first born my wife and I were active proponents of the Blues partner dancing scene and organised a series of dances and workshops in Bedfordshire.

Greatest Achievements:

  • Helping ensure farmers are not burdened with ungrounded and prescriptive environmental regulations and that policy development is well informed,
  • Helping bring a revival of Blues partner-dancing to Bedfordshire and surrounds, and
  • A fifteen year strong marriage with three strapping pre-teenage children.

What makes me the ideal candidate for the role?

I remember the member and want all to thrive, going far beyond the minimum to support all. I form strong working networks with my peers by tailoring and approach using multiple media and communication channels. To this I can readily combine Toastmaster experience, an analytic approach to data and management, and strong Information Technology skills to gain valuable insights and leverage on decisions transfer knowledge, and produce strong public relations. A recent example was mapping out Division G realignment scenarios including some related work on accessibility via public transport and the weighted travel time centres of each division concept.

Why do I want the role?

I want to carry on my Toastmasters journey with the Toastmasters that I am increasingly getting to know as we square up to the emerging opportunities of Pathways and the communities and industries of the East of England. I enjoy Toastmastering and the opportunities to tackle well supported bite-sized leadership challenges that make a difference to members.

If you were elected, what would be your key actions in the role?

Leadership is about creating a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. That is the only justification for it! In this context, it will be important to stimulate fellowship and joint educational or social events. This is especially important between the areas and divisions that are involved in realignment around Cambridge and beyond. Next year the 31 clubs of the current Division G should well have the support and synergies of the resources of two Division Directors and their combined leverage in obtaining keynote speakers and strategic opportunities.

All members and their clubs will be well placed to thrive and capitalise on the opportunities of Pathways by ensuring that they are well supported by their Area Directors and the resources of the District and Toastmasters International. A regular schedule of Division Council meetings will be a cornerstone of communication and the flow of expertise and enthusiasm towards the members.

In the longer term the Division will flourish only if the next generations of leaders and new offerings ‘clubs’ to the public are nurtured. The key to this is partly identifying and supporting emerging talent as well as leading from the front and absorbing some of the risks and challenging work that goes into new endeavours. The way to do this is to recognize and judiciously get involved with public relation drives, club growth opportunities, and to create leadership roles to support the Division’s mission and conferences.

Appendix 1: Toastmasters Roles and Achievements

Outfit Role/ Achievement Start End
District 71 Speechcraft Chair September 10, 2016 June 30, 2017
Division G Public Relations Representative &
Assistant Division Director
September 14, 2016 June 30, 2017
District 71 Triple Crown June 30, 2016
Toastmasters International Leadership Excellence Certificate “Establishing a joint training program between Cranfield University’s Doctoral Training Centres and Cranfield Speakers Club.” May 4, 2016
Toastmasters International Club Mentor: Northampton Speakers September 7, 2015
Area G44 Assistant Area Director &
Public Relations Representative
July 1, 2015 June 30, 2016
District 71 Triple Crown June 30, 2015
Northampton Toastmaster of the Year June 30, 2015
Area G44 Public Relations Representative July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015

Appendix 2: Relevant Published Public Relations Outputs

  • Due to Campaigning rules I’ve had to redact to comply with “Photographs, audio, video, and electronic representations in all campaign materials and displays, and on the candidate’s website and social networking profiles, related to this campaign may be of the candidate only; no other persons are permitted.”

Sandars, D (2017) Digital Succession District 71 PR Tips Webinar, 2nd April.

*******, *; Sandars, D; ******, * (2017) Wishing on a Star? Look at the Satellites. District 71 Newsletter, March 2017, Page 16.

Sandars, D (2017) Cranfield Speakers Club, Cranfield Express, April 2017, Page 15.

****, *; Sandars, D (2017) Radio Interview The Talk Show for Talkers, Irish Radio International, 10th March 2017, 8 PM

Sandars, D (2017) Cranfield, the Centre of Public Speaking Successes, Cranfield Express, February 2017, Page 13

Sandars, D (2016) Speechcraft And The District 71 Speechcraft Chair, District 71 Newsletter, November 2016, Page 10

****, *; Sandars, D (2016) Decade for Speakers Times and Citizen: Bedford Borough Edition

****, *; Sandars, D (2016) Bedford Speakers – Secret Santa Photo, District 71 Newsletter, December 2016, Page 14

Sandars, D (2016) The Alchemy of Public Relations in Area G44, District 71 Newsletter, February 2017, Page 18

Sandars, D (2016) Cranfield Speakers Club students graduate, Cranfield Express, May 2016, Front Page,

Sandars, D (2015) Cranfield Speakers Club New[s], Cranfield Express, October 2015, Page 18

Sandars, D (2015) Cranfield Speakers Club, Cranfield Express, August 2015, Page 11.

Sandars, D (2014) Small is Beautiful in a big way! Cranfield Express, August 2014, Front Page

Sandars, D (2014) Daniel Sandars visiting prospective club Toastmasters Malta Luqa, Malta, 27th May, District 59: The “Toastmasters visitor” series*: destination Malta.

Sandars, D (2014) Malta Visit, Cranfield Toastmaster on Holiday D71 Newsletter, April-Jun 2014, Page 5.

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