Ivor Spencer, MBE, DL (1924-2009)
Founder and Past President
Ivor Spencer was proud to be the first Toastmaster to have achieved the honour of officiating at well over 1,000 Royal events, and this was mentioned in the House of Commons on the 3rd February 1992.
Ivor Spencer was very proud to have been presented with the MBE by His Royal Highness Prince Charles, at Buckingham Palace on June 27th 2002, for his services to his profession. He was the very first Toastmaster to have received this award for his services to The Guild of the International Professional Toastmasters.
Ivor Spencer was acknowledged to be Britain's leading and highest paid and most travelled professional Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies. The Rt. Worshipful The Lord Mayor of The City of Westminster has said he was the doyen of professional Toastmasters.
He was the Life President and Founder of The Guild of International Professional Toastmasters and one of H.M. Deputy Lieutenants for and in the county of Greater London.
He was an author, after-dinner speaker, lecturer and broadcaster in television and radio, and ran the famous Ivor Spencer International School for Professional Toastmasters.
He was a professional Toastmaster for 40 years and was often called upon to organise very special events. His client list reads like the Times Top Thousand Companies, many are international names including Harrods and Marks & Spencer, and including many leading newspapers. "I, Ivor Spencer, am very proud to have created "The Best After-Dinner Speaker of the Year" Award in 1967. The Award now known as, "The Ivor Spencer Best After-Dinner Speaker of the Year" Award will continue to be sponsored by The Guild of International Professional Toastmasters of which I am the Founder and Life President. Recipients of the Award have been former Prime Minister of Great Britain Baroness Thatcher, Bob Monkhouse, Lord Tonypandy, Jimmy Tarbuck, Sir Peter Ustinov and many other eminent speakers."
The Ivor Spencer School for Professional Toastmasters has been established for over 30 years.