We have a wide range of local and international speakers:
(Please note that physical attendance of international speakers will depend on COVID regulations in place at the time of Conference).
Judith Diment MBE
Judith Diment MBE has worked on advocacy for polio eradication for more than 20 years and is Coordinator of Rotary International Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Force, UK National Advocacy Adviser for Polio and a member of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee (IPPC).
Judith represented Rotary International at World Health Assembly, WHO Executive Board , and High Level Polio Partners Group meetings, since 2013. Judith is Dean of the Rotary Representatives to the UN and other international agencies and Rotary International’s Representative to the Commonwealth, Vice Chair Emeritus of the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery and a member of the International Advisory Board of Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health.
Judith ran an independent award-winning public relations consultancy and has held senior positions in marketing and communications for over 30 years including the Natural History Museum in London.
Judith received the Rotary Service Above Self Award from President Ravi Ravindran in 2016. Judith was District Governor of District 1090 in 2012-13, President of Windsor St George Rotary Club in 2008 and is now a member of Rotary Club of Maidenhead Thames. Elected a Councillor for Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in 2016-2019. Judith was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the University of Aberystwyth on July 19th, 2019. In December 2019 awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire by HM Queen Elizabeth for services to charity.
-CEO Justice Informed, Chicago, USA
-Keynote Speaker, Rotary International Convention, Toronto 2018
“Justice Informed is a social impact consulting firm based in Chicago, IL. The firm has
four core service areas: diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI); community engagement;
public policy-informed corporate social responsibility (CSR); and equity-focused
philanthropy. With a historical lens and accountable approach, Justice Informed
builds customized, human-centered strategies, trainings, whitepapers, and learning
opportunities that improve institutional and community cultures, promote equity,
and deepen the community impact of our clients. www.justiceinformed.com.”
-Former Royal Marine 40 Commando
-Patron of Rotary Jaipur Limb
-Rotary Young Citizen Award Winner
Dr Aubrey Cunnington
St. Mary's Hospital, London U.K.
-Reader in Paediatric Infectious Diseases/Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, St. Mary's Hospital, London
Founder Children's Hospice South West
-CEO and Co-Founder of Children's Hospice South West
Rotarian Dr Yinka Osoba is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon working at Torbay Hospital in Torquay, since 2002. Born in London, she moved with her parents to Nigeria, as a child. She graduated from Medical School in Nigeria and returned shortly after to the UK, where she completed her Postgraduate Ophthalmology Residency programme.
Her Late Father was a Rotarian and she is also married to Rotarian Dr Leke Osoba, a Gynaecologist in Somerset. They have a son, a Lawyer based in Southampton and a daughter who is an Economist, in London.
Yinka joined the Rotary Club of Yeovil in 2004, and is actively involved in supporting numerous local and international Rotary Charity projects. In July 2018, the Club awarded her the Queen Wilhelmina Trophy, in recognition of her contributions to the NETHRA Mobile Eye Unit, a Global Grant project which was successfully executed in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Cochin, India. She is currently serving as the International Committee Lead of her Club.
Her hobbies include Traveling, African Art & Culture, attending Music Concerts and Gardening.
-Council Member, University of Exeter
Dot joined Frome Rotary Club 14 years ago, becoming their first female member. Five years later, she became their first female President and Dot is now Assistant Governor for Zone 5 in D1200.
Dot enjoys all aspects of Rotary, in particular International projects. She has worked in Rajasthan, India on two polio projects, distributing vaccine to the ‘Untouchables’, people living in dire poverty, through to the wealthy of the country. Whilst there she was a guest at a mass Indian wedding and also visited a new blood bank hospital, built by Rotarians for people with limited resources.
Dot has worked alongside elephants that had been rescued from the circus and the tourist trail in Thailand, taking them to the river to bathe and feed them. She helped to build a school in Cambodia using building skills she had learnt as a sales manager for new home developers in a previous life!! (Yes they did trust me).
As well as Rotary, Dot is also a trustee for 'Water Survival Box' and was invited by Khalsa Aid to assist in the distribution of Water Survival Box aid in Malawi after mud homes there had been rebuilt in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, which had swept through the country.
Dot started a new Rotary club, Frome Town Rotary in 2018 and is now a member of that club. There are 3 clubs in Frome, all of which work together to run a charity shop in the town centre. Dot organises the goods coming in and prices them to go on the shop floor.
Until the onset of COVID, Dot enjoyed foreign travel; she is now exploring the British Isles.
Pam Brewster (Inner Wheel District 20 Chairman)
Pam was born in York and lived in Rowntree’s village until the age of seven but was then brought up in Marske-by-Sea and latterly Bournemouth.
After leaving Glenmoor School for Girls, she worked in industry as a Technical Illustrator for BAC followed by a Commercial Artist for an advertising studio. Realising there was little future in this line of work, she joined General Accident for twelve years in the motor department.
After marriage and two young children, the family was relocated to Frome and it was then that an Open University degree was begun in Mathematics and Education and completed in three years so that a PGCE could be undertaken.
Since, Pam has taught in Frome schools and various others in the surrounding area moving quickly through the ranks to be a Headteacher. Before retirement her last role was at the Norland Training College teaching the Norland Nannies.
Pam loves being involved with her four grandchildren and with various hobbies and interests there is never a dull moment!
Pam joined Inner Wheel twelve years ago and after holding office in Frome club she was invited to join the District Executive as the International Service Chairman before moving to 1st Vice and now has the honour and privilege of being the Chairman of District 20.
Ric joined Rotary in 2004 and was President in 2009/10. This was when President RI John Kenny used the theme ‘The future of Rotary is in your hands’, in retrospect, a very clever man.
Ric has held the District Literacy post, was a team member for the 2013 District Conference and Assistant Governor for three years. He is currently District Governor Elect of our District. Ric was a Founder Trustee of the Red Robin Trust, a charity set up to help all those affected by Ollier’s disease and Maffucci Syndrome, He has undertaken various strange (and sometimes tough) charity challenges; worm charming, paddling a bathtub from Bath to Bristol, Exmoor Challenge (12 mile walk), Templar Way challenge (18 mile walk Haytor to Shaldon), three-legged cross country run etc.
Ric is currently Chair of Trustees of the Axbridge Town Trust, set up in 1889 to manage the Town assets gifted to the Trust including our Town Hall and Town Square. He is also a founder member of the local Speedwatch team in his town.
Ric's working life has been spent mainly in engineering of one form or another, including seven years testing various military and civilian aircraft engines including Olympus for Concorde. The majority of his time has been spent in the motor industry working for Alfa Romeo, Vauxhall, Ford, Mercedes (truck and passenger car) as a systems specialist.
Ric and his wife, CEO of an Educational Trust, are separated but keep in close touch and his daughter is an Assistant Head in a large Midlands Secondary Academy.
Stan Jones PHF
Stan was born in Barrow in Furness, his father worked on the X craft top secret small submarines during the war years. Stan was educated at a secondary school in Stockport, leaving when he was 15 years old. He went to night school 3-4 nights a week to get his engineering qualifications.
Stan's first job was with ‘Ferranti’ in Gorton Manchester, they manufactured very large computers. He served his apprenticeship there and eventually went into the design office as a draughtsman.
During his teenage years up to the age 23 of years, he played Bass guitar in a band and toured around the Manchester area, together with other groups like the ‘Hollies’, ‘Freddy and the Dreamers’, ‘Billy j Kramer and the Dakotas’, ‘Hermans Hermits’ and many other quite famous bands.
They moved to Somerset in 1975, working for a company manufacturing large Secure Power Systems, during this time he helped with the design and sales of equipment for Power station, oil rigs etc.
In 1981 Stan started his own company designing and manufacturing smaller Secure Power Systems, for Fire Brigades, hospitals, large theatres and even Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s Battle bus. The biggest being the total redesign of the standby power system for The Royal Albert Hall.
Stan has two Sons, one working in Barnstable Youth service, the other is Head of Design in a military aircraft company in Cambridge. His partner is Ruth and they have lived together for 15 years.
Stan retired in 2010 when he became District Governor and has been an active Rotary member since 1985.
At present, Stan has the role of District Grants Chair.