Debra Craven

Membership Secretary

Debra qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1991. In 2009, she joined the Specialist Dysfluency Team in Sunderland and South Tyneside and currently works with children and adults who stammer, providing individual and group therapy. Debra joined the National Dysfluency CEN committee in November 2019 as Membership Secretary.

Kevin Fower

Chair of the committee

Kevin qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2006. He worked in the Early Years Service in Islington from 2006-2009 and worked at the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering from 2009-2021, with children, young people and adults who stammer and their families. At MPC he was part of the international teaching team and was part of the research programme. In 2016 he completed an MRes in Applied Research in Human Communication Disorders at UCL. Kevin now works independently and is Director of The Stammer Specialist Ltd. Kevin is Chair of the National Dysfluency CEN. 

 

The CEN is organised and run by a group of volunteer Speech and Language Therapists who have been nominated by the members to contribute to a variety of roles.

Places on the committee are filled for a term of 3 years. Committee vacancies are announced via email and in CEN meetings but if you are interested in taking part please contact us here.

The CEN is organised and run by a group of volunteer Speech and Language Therapists who have been nominated by the members to contribute to a variety of roles. Places on the committee are filled for a term of 3 years. Committee vacancies are announced via email and in CEN meetings but if you are interested in taking part please contact us here.

The CEN is organised and run by a group of volunteer Speech and Language Therapists who have been nominated by the members to contribute to a variety of roles. Places on the committee are filled for a term of 3 years. Committee vacancies are announced via email and in CEN meetings but if you are interested in taking part please contact us here.

Kevin Fower

Chair of the committee

Kevin qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2006. He worked in the Early Years Service in Islington from 2006-2009 and worked at the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering from 2009-2021, with children, young people and adults who stammer and their families. At MPC he was part of the international teaching team and was part of the research programme. In 2016 he completed an MRes in Applied Research in Human Communication Disorders at UCL. Kevin now works independently and is Director of The Stammer Specialist Ltd. Kevin is Chair of the National Dysfluency CEN. 

Debra Craven

Membership Secretary

Debra qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1991. In 2009, she joined the Specialist Dysfluency Team in Sunderland and South Tyneside and currently works with children and adults who stammer, providing individual and group therapy. Debra joined the National Dysfluency CEN committee in November 2019 as Membership Secretary.

The CEN is organised and run by a group of volunteer Speech and Language Therapists who have been nominated by the members to contribute to a variety of roles. Places on the committee are filled for a term of 3 years. Committee vacancies are announced via email and in CEN meetings but if you are interested in taking part please contact us here.

Want to find out more about how the CEN is run?

 

The Committee follows an agreed list of responsibilities and aims to ensure we meet the expectations of all our members. To read this constitution, please click here.

Kirsten Howells

Editor of SIGNAL magazine

Although an SLT by background, Kirsten no longer works clinically. Instead she works for STAMMA in a variety of roles, including coordinating the helpline and webchat services and working in STAMMA’s employment support service. She edits the National Dysfluency CEN’s SIGNAL magazine, and loves the opportunities this brings to chat with so many interesting people in the stammering world, but does also struggle with the challenges of formatting it and is learning new skills as she goes.

Alison Nicholas

Study Day Coordinator

Alison qualified as a speech and language therapist in 1991.  For most of her career, she worked at the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering, where she had a clinical and a training role and was involved in the Centre’s research programme. For the last five years, she has been working independently in South Wales with clients who stammer across the age range, and she also provides supervision to other therapists working within the field of dysfluency.  She is an Associate Tutor at Cardiff Metropolitan University where she teaches the Dysfluency module on the undergraduate course. She is a Registered European Fluency Specialist and has a Certificate in Solution Focused Brief Therapy. 

Julia Henly

Communications Officer

Julia works in a team of therapists in Coventry supporting children and young people with communication difficulties. She delivers group and individual therapy for stammering and enjoys developing therapeutic relationships with the children and their families. She joined the CEN committee to be part of a team that are passionate about stammering and supporting development opportunities. Her highlights of being on the committee are developing a brand-new website and contributing ideas for the future of the CEN.

Simon Henderson

Treasurer

Simon qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2005 and works as a highly specialist clinician in stammering (children and young people) with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Clinically, Simon is interested in the social psychology of childhood communication difficulties as well as counselling skills for SLT’s. Simon has also developed competency frameworks to support the professional development of clinicians for dysfluency practice and he has presented this work at various RCSLT conferences and the 2021 Oxford Dysfluency Conference.  Simon joined the National CEN Committee as Treasurer in February 2022.

Siobhan Ward

Minutes Secretary

Siobhan qualified as a Speech & Language Therapist in 1990 and works in Hull and East Yorkshire. She began to specialize in working with stammering and cluttering in 2014 having previously worked supporting children with SLCN in mainstream schools. She works predominantly with children and teenagers who stammer or clutter in the specialist dysfluency team. In 2017 she co-produced My Stammering Tap, a short film aimed at raising public awareness of stammering. She is Minutes Secretary for the National Dysfluency CEN. 

Ali Berquez

Study Day Coordinator

Ali Berquez is Clinical Lead for Children at the Michael Palin Centre, London and a certified European Fluency Specialist. She obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre in 2005 and a BRIEF Certificate in Solution Focused Practice in 2019. Ali was Joint Project Lead for the Stammering Information Programme, to develop awareness and skills about stammering in the education workforce in the UK, which completed in 2010. Ali joined the National Fluency CEN committee in October 2019 as a Study Day Coordinator.

Steph Burgess

Study Day Coordinator

Steph is the Clinical Lead for stammering at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and works across the age range with children and adults who stammer and clutter. She also provides training and supervision to other SLTs working in the area of stammering. She is passionate about helping to raise awareness of stammering and increasing access to Speech and Language Therapy for all who need it. Steph has loved being part of the CEN committee. She is proud to be part of the team which organises study days with great speakers, helping SLTs from across the UK and beyond to develop their skills and keep up to date with latest research.

Meet our committee members...

Meet our committee members...

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