Who We Are

As trustees and speech coaches we have all faced the same challenges as YOU 


Our mission is to empower people with the mentality to live a fulfilling and incredible life despite their stutter.

We are a group of experts who are able to help, guide and lead you in overcoming your stutter. As a team we will make it possible for you to Stop Holding Back.


 STOP HOLDING BACK is lead by a passionate team whose single goal is to make this organisation a success and impact many lives.

Ayo Adesanya (Trustee & Speech Coach)

Ayo Adesanya up until the age of 26 was suffering from the symptoms of covert and overt- stuttering, which resulted in a life filled with anxiety, fear and depression. But since taking full responsibility for his thoughts, actions and results. 


Ayo has achieved the unimaginable. Founding Stop Holding Back, Ayo has helped numerous people who stutter across the world as a speech trainer with his new and unique personal development approach to treating stuttering as well as the whole person.

Chris Jackson (Trustee & Speech Coach)

As a covert, Christopher’s stutter held him back more than his peers thought. Struggling to express himself in all situations, Christopher felt he came across disengaged, careless and even rude. With the new mentality that has been embedded, life has taken a turn for the better.


The graduate who six years after finishing University was still trying to get his first interview, ironically, is the co-founder and shareholder of a recruitment company that helps others to find employment. With the same motivation and dedication, you too, can adopt the Stop Holding Back mindset.

Ruban Pillai (Trustee & Speech Coach)

Ruban Pillai has been stuttering overtly since the age 4. The repeated blocks and freezes made it difficult for him to communicate and laid out a challenging path in life.


He has built a successful career in the Finance sector and also had great experiences teaching in schools and special needs groups during his time in Sports Development.


Ruban's most recent project involves the launch of The Stutter Hacks Podcast which features interviews with a range of people sharing experiences of life, health, stuttering, challenges and achievements.


Check out @stutterhacks on Instagram for more information

James Redhead (Trustee & Finance)

James Redhead has worked in the charity sector as a consultant, finance director and trustee for 25 years. The co-founder of Charity Technology Trust and fundraising advisor to many large charities,


James brings a wealth of experience to SHB. James is passionate about helping small charities make a big impact. As someone with a stammer, James has a very close connection with SHB and its mission.

Ramesh Summan (Advisor)

Ramesh Summan brings to Stop Holding Back his background as a Teacher and entrepreneur.


Ramesh is a qualified and experienced Teacher with experience in the classroom and 15 hugely successful years as an Educational Consultant. His work as a Educational Consultant has enabled him to work with a high-profile customer base. He holds postgraduate qualifications in Economics, International Relations and Teaching from the University of East Anglia.

Ramesh is practicing self-development by using meditation and neuro-linguistic programming and is in the process of writing his self-published book “The Stuttering Paradox,” which explores how people can overcome stuttering by developing a suitable mindset.

Simon Bailey (Advisor & Speech Coach)

Simon Bailey had stuttered severely until he was 37 years old when he took responsibility for his speech.


Now 21 years later he has been to many countries leading speech courses and has worked with many thousands of people helping them to overcome their stuttering.


He achieved his long term dream to become a Clinical Hypnotherapist in 2009 and has been training to become a Transformational Breath® facilitator for the last 4 years.

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Our mission is to empower people with the mentality to take back control of their lives.. Contact us now.

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