Jane Powell

CEO of the British Stammering Association, Ex CEO and founder of CALM

Jane Powell is the CEO of the British Stammering Association, a post which she took up in 2018. Prior to this she founded the national charity CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably in 2006, which she ran until 2017. A multi-award-winning charity dedicated to reducing male suicide in the UK. She championed the need to look at the part gender plays in male suicide from the outset and steered the course of the charity, part campaign, part service, from a hand-to-mouth existence to robust, nationally recognised campaign taking over 50K calls a year, the support of Royals alongside that of Lynx and Topman, spearheading the conversation around men's mental health. Her background in campaigning began at Greenham Common, and then variously for Conscience, CND, Charter 88, Low Pay Unit, Greenpeace as well as for the Department of Health and Margaret Beckett MP.