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Chair of the Board and Fundraising Trustee STAMMA

This is your opportunity to lead the board of an organisation striving to make space for stammering and create a world where stammering is just a difference, no one judges stammering or how people choose to deal with it. Join the board of STAMMA and work with a brilliant community.

  • Location: Hybrid, virtual and in-person meetings in London and Manchester
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: Monday 27th May

Who we are.

STAMMA is a small, award-winning charity with big ambitions working with a brilliant community keen to create space and respect for people who stammer.

Many people who stammer face daily ignorance, discrimination and disrespect. This can affect job prospects and mental health and cause social isolation. It can make a GP appointment a nightmare, stop you from accessing a service altogether and leave you feeling disbelieved. STAMMA is here to change that.

We have embarked on a new three-year strategy – Space to Stammer, to achieve real and practical change for people who stammer and showcase the inadvertent barriers they face. We aim to create a culture where consideration for people who stammer is akin to checking for wheelchair access; it is something to be thought about when it comes to every day like oral exams, customer services, booking GP appointments, online banking, or even being a parliamentarian. Our campaigns are about changing perceptions and have been award-winning and life-changing, and include Make GP Bookings Accessible, It’s How We Talk, No Diversity without Disfluency and campaigning against the Apple suggestion of the Woozy face emoji when the word ‘stammering’ is typed.

We want to reach more people who stammer and grow our base but to do that, we need to expand our training and advocacy services and underpin our whole range of support services, hence, we need to build our income streams.

We believe we’re on the cusp of creating real and long-lasting change for people who stammer. With this, this is a great time to join and lead our board as Chair.

 

About the roles.

Our new Chair

As our previous Chair, Joanna Gaukroger, stepped down due to illness, we are looking for a new Chair to lead our Board. It is vital that our new Chair shares our passion for creating a world that makes space for stammering, where a stammer is embraced as just a difference, and no one judges a stammer or how someone deals with it. Our new Chair will bring governance experience, be commercial and drive our strategy with our Chief Executive to continue our organisation’s development, including ensuring sustainability. Our new Chair will be committed to making a meaningful impact, foster engagement and strategic thinking.

Our new Chair will work with our ambitious board and executive team to ensure our organisation continues to be innovative and sustainable and champions the rights of those we support. We envisage our Chair as an inclusive leader, ensuring all voices are heard. We must represent our diverse communities, and we support everyone; those who passionately believe there should be no need to hide or control their stammer as well as those who seek more fluent or smoother speech.

Our new Fundraising Trustee

In addition to our new Chair, we are looking for a new Trustee who will bring skills and experience in strategic fundraising. Our new Trustee will have senior leadership experience with fundraising experience, particularly around individual giving, corporate partnerships, and major donor fundraising. Our new Trustee will share our excitement and ambition for change. We are looking for someone who can support us build our fundraising strategies and provide sound advice and challenge.

Time Commitment

The Board meets 6 times a year including an annual general meeting and our national conference – STAMMAFest. Meetings are usually held on a Saturday for 2 – 3 hours online and 4 – 5 in person. 3 of these meetings typically take place online, and 3 can take place in person in different locations across England, including London and Manchester.

We also have several committees; Trustees usually join one sub-committee. Our committees include the Finance Committee, the Fundraising Committee, the Research Committee, and the Membership Committee. Our new Fundraising Trustee will join our Fundraising committee.

We expect the time commitment for the Chair to vary. On average, we would expect the equivalent of c.2 days a month, spread across various activities such as preparation for board meetings, reading board papers, regular conversation with the Chief Executive, ad hoc discussions with board members and the executive team, and attending events throughout the year. The time commitment of our Fundraising Trustee would be the equivalent of a day a month.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497

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Welcome from our Vice Chair

Dear applicant,

From the first moment of finding out about STAMMA, I knew I wanted to be part of its future. It makes an extraordinary difference to the lives of people who Stamma.

We exist to create a world that makes space for stammering. Where a stammer is embraced as just a difference. Where no one judges us on our stammer or the way we choose to deal with it.

As a Chair of Trustees of STAMMA, you will be joining at an exciting and pivotal point in our development as we launch our new strategy and increase our services.

We believe that people shouldn’t feel under pressure to hide their stammer or be held back by it. We support those who passionately believe there should be no need to hide or control their stammer as well as those who seek more fluent or smoother speech. We can help people find out more about the therapies and techniques available to help them become more confident in their speech. We are also here to raise awareness about stammering in the general public so that the hurdles faced by people who stammer are more widely understood – in short, we want to change the world for people who STAMMA!

If you relish the chance to join us and lead the Board of Trustees to achieve all the above, apply now.

Paul Fix

Vice Chair

Stammering: Don't Jump In

About STAMMA

STAMMA

The British Stammering Association

Founded in 1978, we’re a national membership organisation and the pre-eminent organisation representing those who stammer in the UK.

Our mission is to create a society where everyone can flourish, no matter how they talk, and create long-term changes in society so that stammering voices are accepted and made room for. We represent and advocate for members whether they feel proud to stammer or want help to sound more fluent.

Why we exist

Where a stammer interferes with normal daily tasks and is long term, it can constitute a disability under the Equality Act 2020 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (NI). Stammering is often seen as something which people should simply try to ‘stop doing’. Yet it is how some people talk.

There is no other disability where the expectation is that the person should somehow leave their disability behind, ‘sound’ fluent, learn to talk normally. Our services are available to support and empower those that stammer and those who support them.

People who stammer face daily ridicule, assumptions about their intelligence or state of nerves, have been assumed to be drunk, ill, or simply disbelieved.

Our Influence

In 2021, we stopped Apple from linking the woozy face emoji with stammering.

Our ‘Find the Right Words’ campaign, where we worked with Wikipedia, scooped a Third Sector Communications Award.

The same year, our call for representation, with the ‘No Diversity without Disfluency’ campaign, was welcomed by Ofcom and started a growing stream of media requests for people who stammer to appear on TV and radio.

In 2023, we made the Disability Power 100 list of the most influential disability activists and organisations in the UK.

We advise businesses on a daily basis; over the next 3 years, we plan to establish best practice so that EVERY organisation considers the needs of those who stammer.

Our Reach

Brand awareness has grown from 2% to 19% of the UK adult population, as measured by YouGov.

We reached 24,089,203 via bus stops, billboards and cinema ads with the support of JCDecaux and Pearl & Dean.

There have been 167,088 downloads and videos watched from our website.

The growth rate in our support base is 206%, with 6,530 supporters and members up from 2,122.

In 2023 we directly supported 2,622 individuals across our services.

Our Strategic Plan 2024-2027

Over the next three years, we want to focus on the single message that EVERY organisation needs to ensure that it meets the needs of people who stammer.

Our campaigns will highlight this need, moving our focus from sector to sector, starting this year with cafés and restaurants, then moving on to the call centre sector. We’ll research the problem with members, highlight the issues people face and work with feedback and surveys from members, and devise appropriate training and materials to help organisations make those changes.

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    Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497

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    Timetable

    Closing date: Monday 27th May 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: By Friday 31st May 2024
    Chair Interviews: Tuesday 4th June 2024
    Fundraising Trustee Interviews: Tuesday 11th June 2024


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