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Meet the team

BSA staff:

Jane Powell, Chief Executive
Jane has worked in the voluntary sector and on campaigns all her life. She joined the BSA in 2018 after launching and running the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), dedicated to preventing male suicide. She said, "It is an honour and a huge responsibilty to be leading such an important organisation. The mission is to create a robust organisation capable of supporting and advocating on behalf of its members, to seek early and effective therapy for children and, ambitiously, to end the discrimination and prejudice facing those who stammer".

Rachel Everard, Service Director
As a person who stammers, Rachel knows first-hand the challenges of stammering. Having worked as a specialist Speech and Language Therapist for many years with people who stammer, she is delighted to put her knowledge, experience and skills to use at the BSA. She said, “Thanks to the BSA, I found the help and support I needed all those years ago and I want to make sure it continues to do everything possible to help people who stammer realise their potential”.

Kate Dickson, Communications Director
Kate joined the BSA in January 2019 and is responsible for all external communications related to the charity. With over 15 years experience in communications and media relations, Kate has worked across the private, public and not for profit sectors for organisations including The Scottish Parliament, The Toronto International Film Festival Group and Viacom International Media Networks. 

Jacqueline Fitzsimmons, Office Manager
Jacqueline first started working with the BSA back in 2000 as a part-time Project Administrator for the Parental Awareness Campaign. Following a career break from 2009, she returned to the BSA in 2016 as Administrator, providing key support to the team. Since then, Jacqueline has taken on the role of Office Manager on a full-time basis, using her wealth of knowledge to ensure that the day-to-day operational aspects of the charity run smoothly and efficiently.

Lee Millam, Helpline Manager
Lee has worked for the BSA since 2008 and looks after fundraising and the Information and Support Service. He also works part-time for another charity focusing on volunteering and contributes podcasts to the academic website Pod Academy. Before working in the charity sector, Lee worked as a radio producer for independent and BBC radio.

Ahmad Al-Hasani, Salesforce Administrator
Ahmad is a database administrator with three years’ experience in Salesforce and joined the team at the end of 2018. He said, ‘having had stammering in my family, I feel passionately about supporting people who stammer by providing operational support to the team. In my free time I enjoy playing the saxophone out of tune, to the pleasure of my neighbours!”

Steven Halliday, Web Editor
Steven first worked for the BSA from 2009 until 2015, having started as a volunteer. During that time he set up our Facebook support group. He rejoined the team late in 2018 as Web Editor. He said, "I used to really enjoy editing the old members’ magazine Speaking Out, so the chance to showcase the stories and experiences of people who stammer through the website is exciting".

Manisha Vora, Finance Officer
Manisha joined the team on a part-time basis in February 2019. With several years' experience in accounts and finance, she has worked with other charities and small partnership concerns, and is excited to be a part of the BSA.

BSA Trustees:

  • Tim Fell, Chair of Trustees
  • Mandy Taylor, Vice Chair of Trustees
  • James Smith, Treasurer
  • Abed Ahmed
  • Julia Ammon
  • Naheem Bashir
  • Rob Grieve
  • Betony Kelly
  • Neil Morjaria
  • Gillian Rudd
  • Christine Simpson.

March 2019

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