LUCYKASSELL2016I qualified as a speech and language therapist from the University of Newcastle in 2006 and began working in London. I had several children on my caseload who stammered and felt very unprepared and unsure what to do with them. Over the next few years I attended conferences and training courses and developed a real passion for working with adults and children who stammer. Following a few years living abroad in Switzerland I was lucky enough to get a temporary contract at the Stammering Support Centre where I consolidated these skills. After a year I moved on to Harrogate into my current role where I continue to hold the Hambledon and Richmonshire fluency caseload as well as working with mainstream school children. I was thrilled to join the national fluency CEN in October 2015 as study day coordinator and became Chair in 2017.    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Ruth Edwards CEN Minutes 2015

I qualified as SLT in the 1980’s and have been working in the area of dysfluency ever since. During my career I have set up specialist services for 3 Trusts. I am now employed my Humber NHs foundation Trust where I head up the service for children who stammer.

 I am passionate about the running of groups to support the children we work with. We regularly organise teachers and parent workshops, intensive and regular therapy and support groups for children. In 2006 I was one of the founding therapists who instigated the Yorkshire CEN residential course for children who stammer.

I have recently been involved in the leading of the Hull2017 creative communities project ‘Hear in Hull’ The result of this work is an amazing animation produced by Peter Snelling of mypockets films . He worked with children and adults who stammer who live in our area. The animation is called #mystammeringtap.

I am privileged to be the minute’s secretary of the CEN. A role I have been doing for 2 years.

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I qualified a a Speech and Language Therapist at DeMontfort university in 2004. I have been working in paediatrics for the NHS for 13 years. In the past few years I have been developing my specialism in dysfluency as well as children with complex needs. Working with dysfluent children and teens has always been the most rewarding part of my job. I guest lecture at several local universities on the topic of supporting children with speech, language and communication needs. Last year I began working independently with the Owl Therapy Centre. In the summer of 2017 I have left the NHS and work independently with children, most of whom are children who stammer and I have just begun a new job working part time with adults with complex needs. I'm really looking forward to working with the National fluency CEN to organise the study days.


After qualifying in Birmingham back in the mid ‘80s – during which I was inspired by a clinical supervisor who had worked with Lena Rustin and shared her passion for stammering therapy - I spent a year working in Newcastle upon Tyne before moving to Middlesbrough (gaining the nickname ‘Jessie’ which has stubbornly persisted over the years) and gradually extending my interest and knowledge in working with dysfluent clients.

With my colleague Sarah Phillips, I now share the Paediatric Dysfluency Specialist role across South Tees, offering regular Fluency Consultation Clinics and a range of therapy approaches including PCI, ACT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and CBT. We run a weekly Secondary Transition Group in June and are very involved in our excellent regional Dysfluency CEN – NERDSCEN.

I live with my hubby in the middle of the North York Moors, surrounded by sheep. Both our children have settled over in Liverpool so many of our weekends are spent crossing the country on the M62….

I became National CEN Membership Secretary in September 2016 and absolutely love it, especially being given the chance to put faces to the many names I correspond with by email, when I meet you all at Study Days.

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kevin fower committee 2016

I qualified as a speech and language therapist from City University in 2006. I previously worked in an Early Years community team before joining the Michael Palin Centre in 2009. My current role includes clinical work with children, young people and adults who stammer. I am involved in the national teaching programme, teaching a range of courses at the MPC and across the UK and in 2016 I also taught at the University of Jonkoping (Sweden) and Trondheim (Norway). I am also involved in the research programme at the Centre, including a multiple single case study which focuses on the process of change during and following an intensive group therapy programme. I recently completed an MRes in Applied Research in Human Communication Disorders at UCL and I look forward to further developing my research skills. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



I have worked in Swindon since 1982! My interested in stammering started as a student and this interested has continued and grown. I am a founder Trustee of The Fluency Trust Charity and feel passionate about group work for children who stammer. With my colleagues we developed the Swindon Fluency Packs following on from our group work with children and young people. I currently run training sessions for Swindon Borough Council in Solution Focused Practice and love this way of working. I am excited to be helping to organised study days for the CEN and I am looking forward to meeting and sharing with colleagues.