About Michael

Michael lives in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England and would be pleased to be your Toastmaster. Michael is able to attend Weddings at church, or Civil Weddings at hotels, registry offices, or special venues.

Every type of function and event can be accommodated :- Banquets, Grand Balls, Masonic Ladies Festivals, Charity Events, Sports Dinners, School Proms, Anniversary events, in fact almost any type of special event you are planning.


Michael began his professional journey in1972 as a mobile disc jockey (business called Albatross Mobile Disco) working in all countries of the UK and working with many well known names in the pop industry including Black Lace when Alan Barton was included.

A new business was started with his wife Heather and he became a successful Wedding and event photographer forming Angelique Photography in 1984, having since successfully photographed well over 1,000 weddings, and more than 30 school proms. Michael was the first photographer in the Wakefield and surrounding area, to print out photographs at a wedding as the couple and guests were eating their wedding breakfast.


Michael trained to be a Toastmaster in 2010 and has over 187 events under his belt so far.


Michael has the calm experience and expertise to ensure every part of your Special Day is dealt with professionally and with absolute care and attention.


The concept of a Toastmaster as merely a loud voice who bangs a gavel and makes a few announcements is completely inaccurate – even though those few announcements are often the only visible signs to indicate their presence. A professionally trained Toastmaster will be immaculately dressed and an expert in procedure and etiquette, and adds dignity, panache and sense of occasion to each and every event.

His spectrum of activity is the overall co-ordination and steering of every type of event calling for any degree of formality. He is also at ease in those situations where only a gentle, guiding hand is needed. Experienced Toastmasters are being utilized at conferences and company presentations, as they have that rare combination of tact, diplomacy and management skills for the effective direction of large numbers of people.

In addition to that high degree of sensitivity and empathy, their armoury encompasses a very considerable breadth of knowledge of protocol and event organization.

Like an iceberg, nine tenths of their activities go unseen. Their punctilious attention to detail and continual unobtrusive liaison throughout the events ensures the flow, apparently quite effortlessly, to a successful conclusion.

Using a Professional Toastmaster ensures the following:

Michael is recommended Toastmaster at Headley Golf Club, Solberge Hall Hotel, Thirsk and Redworth Hall Hotel, Darlington, and regulary works at the Mercure Leeds Parkway , but is available to work anywhere between Newcastle down to Northampton and Liverpool over to Hull as a normal everyday travelling distance.


Michael completed an expensive very basic and 'lack lustre' Wedding Toastmasters course with the English Toastmasters Association in Chelmsford, where he knew as much as the trainer, and has since researched and trained consistantly to improve on subjects not covered on the basic course (most subjects) to be at top of the game.


Michael also strives to comply with the quality standard ISO 9001:2008 giving reasurance of quality and reliablity.


Wedding Exhibitions

Michael will be attending the following Wedding Fayres, exhibitions, and open evenings


Aug 24th - Cedar Court Hotel Wakefield Open Evening


29th October -Victoria Hall, Saltaire Wedding Exhibition



Available to work in Wakefield, Horbury, Ossett, Dewsbury, Castleford, Pontefract, Leeds, Horsforth, Guiseley, Batley, Bradford, Keighley, Halifax, York, Morley, Featherstone, Royston, Hemsworth, Selby, Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Gainsborough, Skegness, Worksop, Mansfield, Newark, Howden, Pudsey, Todmorden, Driffield, Darwen, Oldham, Ashton, Buxton, Congelton, Leek, Doncaster, Ackworth, South Elmsall, Rossington, Bawtry, Thorne, Hull, Thirsk, Darlington, Middlesborough, Newcastle upon Tyne, Carlisle, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Sunderland, Durham, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Tadcaster, Scarborough, Wetherby, Richmond, Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Pickering, Whitby, Bridlington, Windermere, Sheffield, Lincoln, Warrington, Leigh, Wigan, Preston, Kendal, Windermere, Piercebidge, Matlock, Bakewell, Chesterfield, Peterborough, Barnsley, Nottingham, Derby, Ripon, Beverley, Huddersfield, Manchester, Stockport, Liverpool, Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Morecombe, Blackpool, Blackburn, Burnley, Settle, Kirkby Lonsdale, Clitheroe, Mitton, Clayton le Moors, Padiham, Bolton, Rochdale, Stoke on Trent, Birminghm, Stratford, Southport, Warrington, Chester, Leicester, London, Essex, Bristol and Bath, in fact almost anywhere. Counties available, all Yorkshire areas, Lancshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Rutland Water, Nottinghamshire, Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Essex, Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, East Angila, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Gloucestershire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Chesire, Cumbria, Co Durham, Teeside, Northumberland, and many more.


Some photographs on this site have the emblem of the "English Toastmasters Association" which I was entitled to wear while I was a member. I am now an Associate Member of the Northern Guild of Toastmasters.


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