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What is iSpeak?

iSpeak's mission is

"To actively engage with youth in New Zealand to enhance their speaking skills, self-confidence and self-belief"

We know from research, and our own experience working with senior school students, having the skills and confidence to speak in front of a group will help them :

  • Boost self-esteem

  • Improve ability to influence and persuade

  • Increase critical thinking and creativity

  • Make new social connections

  • Enhance personal relationships

  • Deflect bullying

  • Be more comfortable in their own skin

iSpeak Trust is a registered charity CC59581. 

Meet the iSpeak team

Gaye Stratton

Gaye Stratton

Board Chair and Trustee

"Miss, thank you so much.  Your workshop has really helped me gain the confidence to speak up.  I always felt nobody wanted to listen to me."  It was comments like this that  encouraged Gaye to form iSpeak Trust.


iSpeak Trust enables Gaye, and the team of very experienced facilitators, to run workshops for senior high school students in their school.  Students develop their speaking skills and grow their overall confidence.  


​Gaye also runs Speak Confidently Limited providing speaking skills workshops for organisations and individuals. An experienced presenter and Toastmaster, Gaye has been an Executive member and Course Coordinator for a Community based Toastmasters Club in Auckland, running non-profit courses.

Phillippa Pitcher


Phillippa has over 25 years’ experience in general management in the charities sector where she specialised in developing small not for profit enterprises, building sustainable income streams and leading these charities to increase delivery of their objectives. She brings a wealth of governance and leadership experience to the iSpeak Trust.


As a member (and past president) of Parnell Rotary Club she is involved in the delivery of service through a multiple of projects with outcomes both in NZ and internationally. These include a number of education and development opportunities for youth, which is an area of her particular interest.

Phillippa Pitcher
Stephen Church

Stephen Church

Business Advisor

Stephen's Career includes 40 years creating growing and managing successful companies in a diverse range of industries. A marketing, finance and strategy specialist, his entrepreneurial style has produced successful results in small businesses, international corporations, federal and municipal governments, community associations and industry groups.


Born and educated in the USA, New Zealand resident since 1999 and New Zealand citizen since 2003.

Greg Stratton


Greg has considerable experience in Sales, Product and Business Development. He has an MSc in Biochemistry.  He is a founding shareholder and  Director of KiwiEnzyme Limited. Greg has experience of a start up business and taking this business successfully to market. 

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Catherine Syme


Catherine Syme, of Fear-less Public Speaking, specialises in working with people who are being held back in their careers or other aspects of the lives because they are extremely anxious about public speaking. She has been a Toastmaster for more than ten years and she has a lot of experience presenting to professional and political audiences. Catherine is passionate about the workshops iSpeak Trust deliver in schools.  Catherine is a Facilitator for  iSpeak Trust.

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