We have a network of ambassadors who can answer questions or connect people with information or support in their department or agency.
Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Michael Fletcher works for the Intellectual Property Office and is based in Newport, South Wales. He has an overt stammer sometimes severe and is also the Chair of the BEIS Stammering Network. He is an active graduate of the McGuire Programme and happy to connect with anyone wanting to practice the techniques.
Paul Barrett joined the civil service after completing postgraduate studies in science. He has enjoyed almost 20 years in a range of interesting roles including air quality, flood management, nuclear resilience and running a Defra Innovation Centre. He has stammered since childhood and now manages his covert stammer.
Defence Science and Technology Lab
Jeremy Morgan-Evans is the Speech Impairment lead at Dstl at Porton Down in Wiltshire. His role is to advise staff with speech impairments and their line managers on Work Place Adjustments that can be given as well as setting up a support group for people with speech impairments to have a place to communicate.
Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Claire-Louise Partridge is based in Bristol and leads Defra’s stammering network, which supports both its staff and customers. She became a civil servant in 2017 and is Head of Performance, governance and business improvement, regularly presenting and leading events. She has always stammered and has been on long journey to self acceptance.
Department of Education
Betony Kelly is based in London and heads up Behaviour Change and Engagement for the DfE transformation programme. She has recently started to be more open about her stammer, is Co-Chair of the Civil Service Stammering Network and a Trustee of the British Stammering Association. She is currently on maternity leave.
General Registry Office
John Stevenson works at the General Registry Office in Southport and is a covert stammerer.
Government Equalities Office
Lucy Clegg has been a civil servant for three years and currently works for the Government Equalities Office in an administrative role. She has stammered since childhood and is a member of the British Stammering Association.
Damian Trower works in Portcullis House Glasgow. He has stammered since childhood and usually on ‘plosive’ sounds (d, p, t) and occasional glottal (c, g). He doesn’t avoid speaking situations and has leant to be kind to himself when he stammers.
Thomas Sharp graduated in 2000 and has had various roles in the Civil Service. He is currently working for HMRC in a public facing role.
Tim Henretty has worked in a number of Civil Service departments over the last ten years and has stammered since early childhood.
Home Office (Immigration)
Richard Roaf developed his stammer late in life (into his 30s) after several epileptic attacks.
The National Archives / Department of Culture, Media and Sport
Andrew Janes is a registered archivist and has been a member of the British Stammering Association for many years.
Geraint Huxtable works within the International Relations departments at the Welsh Government and is based in Cardiff, South Wales. He has an overt stammer that become particularly apparent in times of stress (e.g. at job interviews or when having to deliver speeches or presentations). He’s fed up of avoiding public speaking and is eager to meet colleagues to share experiences and discuss coping mechanisms.