Third Sector Awards: Charity Chair of the Year – Tim Fell, British Stammering Association, Stamma

Awarded to the chair of a charity's trustees who has made the most outstanding contribution to the performance of the charity during the year

Who is he?

Tim Fell first became a member of the British Stammering Association, now Stamma, in December 2011. As a successful businessman, and someone who stammered, he was keen to inspire others to fulfil their ambitions.

After taking to the podium at the Cardiff Open day in 2012 he so inspired the BSA Trustees that by 2013 he had been invited to sit on the Board, and in 2014 he was invited to take the Chair.

What has he achieved?

Under Tim Fell's stewardship the British Stammering Association has transformed from a slightly stuffy, inward-focused organisation to a bold and confident charity, Stamma, with a renewed purpose, to change public understanding of what it means to stammer.

The organisation has blossomed over the last year, with increasing levels of volunteering, membership, expanded service provision, and its first outdoor advertising campaign.

Why did he win?

Fell has consistently led from the front - whether internally on the Board, publicly about policy, or persuading members about the charity’s new strategy and brand. He travelled up and down the UK listening and talking to local groups and members about the rebrand and the new strategy.

In 2017, when finances were tight, Fell walked from John O'Groats to Lands End, raising money and awareness all the way. Under Covid, his idea of a 2.6 challenge was to spend 26 hours, on the phone to as many Stamma members as possible, as he has to challenge himself every time he makes a call to someone he doesn’t know.

What did the judges say?

“An inspiring and hands-on Chair, using his professional expertise and lived experience to connect with members and drive forward a rebrand.”

Finalists

Jack Morris, The Brain Tumour Charity

Peter Kwok, UK Federation of Chinese Professionals

Keith John Leslie, Mental Health Foundation

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