Stambassadors

It’s not difficult to find successful people in all walks of life who stammer from Marilyn Monroe, to King George VI, Ex-Vice President Joe Biden, Ed Sheeran, the Actor Emily Blunt and former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls. As a Charity we meet people from all backgrounds who stammer from Chief Executives to apprentices every day. In fact, people who stammer can be found just about everywhere!

Stambassadors connects people from the world of work who stammer with young people who stammer, sharing their stories and inspiring young people to think big when they are considering their career choices.  Take a look at the videos below to hear from people talking about their jobs, their career and their stammer!

Stambassador videos
  • Ben Browett – Customer Reserves Manager at Farr Vintners Ben Browett – Customer Reserves Manager at Farr Vintners

    Ben is quite the wine connoisseur and loves his job as a Customer Reserves Manager at Farr Vintners Wine Merchants. He wants young people to know that having a stammer can give you an advantage in life as it teaches you many great character traits that can help you along.

  • Simon Jeffrey – Deputy Head of International News, The Guardian Simon Jeffrey – Deputy Head of International News, The Guardian

    Simon has not let his stammer get in the way of his career in journalism. As the Deputy Head of International News at the Guardian, he wants young people to know that people in the work place are much more interested in what you have to say rather than how you say it.

  • Vicky Dineshchandra – Graduate Software Engineer, Cisco Systems Vicky Dineshchandra – Graduate Software Engineer, Cisco Systems

    Vicky started his first graduate job a few months back as a Software Engineer at Cisco Systems and is really enjoying it so far. He thinks young people who stammer shouldn’t be afraid to out themselves forward for opportunities.

  • William Laven – Digital Content Producer William Laven – Digital Content Producer

    It was great to chat to William about his apprenticeship as a Digital Content Producer at a PR agency in London. He loves the world of work and says his colleagues have been nothing but kind to him about his stammer. He thinks young people should not hold back from doing what they want to do!

  • George Cleary – Medical Case Manager George Cleary – Medical Case Manager

    George is a Medical Case Manager working with people who have had catastrophic injuries. He’s been on a long personal journey of self acceptance with his stammer and he wants young people to know their stammer shouldn’t define them or what they can do with their lives.

  • Mandy Taylor – Finance Manager – Oakbase Integrated Marketing Mandy Taylor – Finance Manager – Oakbase Integrated Marketing
  • Ronan Miller – Foreign Language Teacher, University of Valencia Ronan Miller – Foreign Language Teacher, University of Valencia

    Ronan set himself the challenge of moving to Spain and becoming a Foreign Language Teacher in order to tackle his stammer head on. He wants young people to know that they’re not alone and that being open about their stammer is an important part of raising awareness in the work place.

  • Michael Joyes – PhD Student in Bioplastics at Bath University Michael Joyes – PhD Student in Bioplastics at Bath University

    “You’ll start to feel inspired by your stammer and almost, certainly I do anyway, I feel proud to stutter” – Michael is a PhD student at Bath University researching Bioplastics and he has some inspiring words for young people thinking about further education.

  • Namrah Chaudhry – External Progression Coordinator, William Morris Sixth Form Namrah Chaudhry – External Progression Coordinator, William Morris Sixth Form

    Namrah works in a sixth form in Hammersmith and knows all about the tough transition periods young people face in education. She’s got some great advice for young people who stammer starting out in their careers.

  • Chris Nelson – Teacher at St Paul’s Catholic School, Milton Keynes Chris Nelson – Teacher at St Paul’s Catholic School, Milton Keynes

    Chris is a teacher at St Paul’s Catholic School in Milton Keynes and he shared his inspiring stammering journey with us for our Stambassadors project. He wants young people who stammer to know that with hard work, there’s no reason why they can’t go for the jobs they really want.

  • Claire Norman – Intelligence Analyst at Cifas UK Claire Norman – Intelligence Analyst at Cifas UK

    Claire works as an Intelligence Analyst at Fraud Prevention firm, Cifas, and is also the founder of Stammerers Through University Consultancy (STUC). She has some motivating words for young people starting out in their careers and hopes her own journey can inspire them to shoot for their dreams!

  • Jamie Wilson – Physiotherapist and RAF Reservist Jamie Wilson – Physiotherapist and RAF Reservist

    Jamie is a Physiotherapist, RAF Reservist and member of the UK Defence Stammering Network based in Northern Ireland, and he wants young people to know they should not be held back by their stammer.

  • Owais Khan – Property Developer and Public Figure Owais Khan – Property Developer and Public Figure

    It was great to chat to Owais about his exciting career in showbiz and property development both here in the UK and around the globe! The Desi Rascals star says he’s used his stammer to his advantage and thinks it’s only made him stronger.

  • Jonty Claypole – Director of Arts at the BBC Jonty Claypole – Director of Arts at the BBC

    It was great to chat to the Director of Arts at the BBC, Jonty Claypole, about his journey with a stammer, and why young people should learn to accept their stammer and not allow it to influence their career choices in a negative way.

  • Abed Ahmed – Maths Teacher at Holte School Abed Ahmed – Maths Teacher at Holte School

    Abed is a teacher who stammers who went back to work at his old school in Birmingham and started up a stammer group for his pupils there. He’s already doing a fab job raising awareness of stammering and we were so glad to sit down with him to hear all about his journey, how his students respond to his stammer, and what advice he would give to his younger-self if he had the chance.

  • Jimmy Lang – Regimental Career Management Officer, Royal Army Medical Corps Jimmy Lang – Regimental Career Management Officer, Royal Army Medical Corps

    It was great to sit down with Captain Jimmy Lang of the Royal Army Medical Corps to talk about his incredible career and how he took his stammer head on to climb the ranks.

  • James Redhead – Director of Income Generation, Redhead Consulting James Redhead – Director of Income Generation, Redhead Consulting

    James has advised charities across the UK throughout his career and has lots of valuable advice for young people who stammer starting out!

  • Prasan Modasia – Corporate Solicitor Prasan Modasia – Corporate Solicitor

    Solicitor, Prasan Modasia, spoke with us about his career and stammer for our Stambassadors project.

  • Andy McGrath – Editor at Rouleur Magazine Andy McGrath – Editor at Rouleur Magazine

    Andy McGrath, Editor at Rouleur Magazine, talks about his career with a stammer.

  • Zain Ghani – Better Living Advisor at Calderdale Council Zain Ghani – Better Living Advisor at Calderdale Council

    Zain Ghani, ASC Youth Panel member and Better Living Advisor at Calderdale Council, speaks to ASC about his job.

  • Mark Johnson – Head of Department of Psychology at Cambridge University Mark Johnson – Head of Department of Psychology at Cambridge University

    Professor of Psychology and Head of the Department of Psychology at Cambridge University, Mark Johnson, spoke with us about his fantastic career and his stammer.

  • Martin Nicholds – HR Director at BBC Martin Nicholds – HR Director at BBC

    Martin is a Director of Human Resources at the BBC and has some fab advice for young people starting out in their careers!

  • Claudine Provencher – Head of LSE Life Claudine Provencher – Head of LSE Life

    Claudine, Head of LSE Life at the London School of Economics, speaks to ASC about her career.

  • John Murphy – Owner of Lennon Wright Associates – Recruitment John Murphy – Owner of Lennon Wright Associates – Recruitment

    Owner of Lennon Wright Associates, John Murphy, talks about his career with a stammer.

  • Phil Robinson – Speech and Language Therapist Phil Robinson – Speech and Language Therapist

    Phil is a Speech and Language Therapist who stammers and he gave us the low down on why he wanted to become an SLT and help other people out there who stammer!

  • Charlie Hilder – Supply Planning Manager at Innocent Drinks Charlie Hilder – Supply Planning Manager at Innocent Drinks

    Charlie is the Supply Planning Manager for Innocent Drinks, and she sat down with ASC to talk all things work, stammering and smoothies!

  • Ed Balls – ASC Vice President and Former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls – ASC Vice President and Former Shadow Chancellor

    ASC Vice President and Former Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, was interviewed by Florence about his career with a stammer and how he came to accept it for our Stambassadors project.

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