Our Trustees

Jane is Research Fellow in Public Leadership at The Open University Business School.

Professionally, Jane is a medical doctor and is an Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in London with experience of senior healthcare management in the NHS.

Jane was Leader of the London Borough of Camden Council in the early 2000’s following which she has served in a range of non-executive roles including as Chair of the Councillors Commission for the Department of Communities and Local Government, Chair of Parenting UK, a member of the Ofsted board, Chair of New Local Government Network and currently Chair of the charity, Living Streets. She is a member of the Independent Remuneration Board of the Senedd, and of the Advisory Group of the Welsh Centre for Public Policy. She was appointed DBE 2004.

Jane has published a number of academic articles in paediatrics, psychiatry and politics. She co-edited ‘The Politics of Attachment’ (1996) with Sebastian Kraemer and is the author of ‘Losing Political Office’ (2017).

David became Treasurer of the Charity in April 2014, and has had first-hand experience of the work of the Charity having attended the intensive therapy course at the Michael Palin Centre in 2012 with his son Thomas.  He is a chartered accountant and currently the head of internal audit at a credit rating agency. He has worked in a number of global companies across the financial services sector.

Vicky is Senior Consultant Speech and language therapist at the Children’s Neurosciences Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Kings College London, and leads the multi-disciplinary service for children with complex neurodevelopmental disorders.  She has served on several committees including the Research Autism: Scientific and Advisory Board (NAS), and is also clinical advisor to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

Richard was appointed as Chief Executive of The King’s Fund in January 2019, after five years as the Director of Policy. The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care and combines research, policy analysis, leadership development and provides a place for people to meet and discuss the big health and care issues.

Before joining the Fund in January 2014, Richard was chief analyst at NHS England and previously held a number of roles at the Department of Health, including director of strategy, director of financial planning and chief economist.

Richard initially trained as an economist and spent five years in academia before joining the Department of Health as an economic adviser. Following this he spent four years as a health care specialist at McKinsey & Co before returning to the Department of Health.

Anya is a digital marketing and technology leader who has spent 25 years working for global companies like Google, WPP and Yahoo!, across three continents.

Having stammered since she was 6, she was offered an adult place at the Michael Palin Centre (MPC) 10 years ago – since then she has co-authored a chapter of a book on the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in adults who stammer, with her speech therapist at MPC.
For a number of years, she has served as a mentor in the annual summer intensive course at MPC for teens and young adults, and has also participated in their interview practice sessions.

She holds a postgraduate certification in Psychology, and has taken part in several neurological research studies into stammering at academic institutions in both the UK and the US.

Joe has been an active volunteer with our charity since he came onboard to launch our Youth Panel in 2015. Since then, Joe has been a familiar face and has provided excellent input and direction to our charity.

In 2022, Joe became a trustee alongside fellow Youth Panel alumni Zain Ghani. We look forward to working with Joe at this new level through our nationwide projects.

Zain has been a volunteer of ASC since 2015 and has been involved in the Youth Panel and being the Volunteer Programme Lead for the Northern Youth Panel. Zain has had a stammer from a young age, and has achieved many successes, of which one highlight was being selected as a cast member on the Chanel 5 Star Documentary “My Extreme Stammer and Me”. Zain plays a proactive role in stammering awareness in everything he does and with everyone he encounters.

Zain currently has an undergraduate degree in Sports, Physical Activity & Health, has been a circus-style entertainer for over 10 years and currently works as a Staying Well worker in Calderdale – working to improve health and wellbeing of communities as well as being responsible for micro-commissioning funds and supporting adults on a 1:1 basis to reduce isolation and loneliness.

Archna has worked in the NHS for 23 years with many years as Director of Performance in East London. She is now Director of Specialised Services and Cancer driving the agenda on early cancer diagnosis, treatment and personalised cancer care alongside clinical transformation of specialised services and the long term condition and prevention agendas. 

Archna trained as a pharmacist at Kings College London and has previously held a Non Executive Director position at Accelerate CIC transforming wound and lymphoedema care for east London residents.

She was also a member of the BBC London region Audience panel for 4 years .

Family members with a stammer have drawn Archna to ASC where she is passionate to learn more and contribute to improving the lives of children with a stammer.  

Felicity works as a Senior Producer on the BBC’s News at One, Six and Ten. She has had a stammer since childhood and stepped out in front of the camera for the first time to front a TV news piece which was broadcast on the Six and Ten o’clock news in January 2021.

This led to her presenting a documentary called ‘I Can’t Say My Name’ which looked at the realities of life with a stammer, and was broadcast on prime time BBC One in March 2021.

Since then, she helped to set up a Stammering Support Network at the BBC, and has continued to speak publicly about her experience, encouraging others to be more open about their speech.

Stephen is an accomplished management professional with extensive international clinical, business and leadership expertise along the continuum of health and social care.

With twenty years of progressive healthcare experience, Stephen has successfully accepted positions of increasing responsibility enabling him to be become a capable strategic and operational leader with the ability to motivate teams to be successful.

He is a business development, change management and stakeholder engagement expert with a thorough understanding of the challenges and complexities of high quality, direct patient care with a system view of the healthcare environment at a frontline, regional and international level. 

After completing a degree in Geography, and a Masters in Overseas Development I worked for 8 years in financial services. 

In 2005 I followed my passion and started working in the charity sector and now own one of the UK’s largest fundraising agencies, working with charities across the UK.  

I have a son, Elliott, who stammers and we became involved with ASC as part of an awareness raising film in 2022.


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