About ELSA

The executive board of ELSA consists of three persons. On this page they will present themself. To contact one of them, please feel free to use the email-form on the menu-item "Contact"

Edwin J. Farr MBE (Chair)

Edwin J Farr MBE is a Chartered Environmental Civil Engineer, he was born in Manchester, UK, and graduated from Birmingham University.  Running parallel with his professional career has been his work in stuttering self help and advocacy which started in the early 1980’s.

He has been a member the British Stammering Association for 29 years and Board member for 12 years.  He co-founded the European League of Stuttering Associations (ELSA) in 1990 after three years of preparation working with the national stuttering associations of Europe.  Since 1990 Edwin has helped organise, with funding from various European bodies, 19 stuttering awareness meetings, conferences and youth meetings and participated in many more.

In 2002 Edwin was awarded “Member of the British Empire” (MBE) in the Queen's Jubilee Birthday Honours, for his services to the Stuttering Community.


Anita Blom (Vice Chair)

Blom was born and raised in the Netherlands, but is now married and living in Sweden. She works as a secretary and as the IT support/teacher assistant in school. Besides that, she is the
chairperson of the local stuttering chapter (SSF), chairperson of the Swedish stuttering association (Stamningsförbundet), vice chair of the European League of Stuttering Associations (ELSA) and a member of the advisory board for the International Stuttering Association (ISA). She states, "I have stuttered since I was 9 and had a troublesome youth, but this helped me to now work with and give advice to people who stutter of all ages and help them to break down their barriers and show them the world is at their feet."




Richard Bourgondiën (Webmaster)

Richard Bourgondiën is living in the the center of the Netherlands, working as a system-engineer in the scene of control-rooms. He is a board member of the Dutch stuttering Association Demosthenes and in there responsible for the website, meeting-events and international contacts.Since Richard visited a ELSA Youth Meeting in 2003, he got interested in ELSA. In two following Youth Meetings he was involved by accompanying the group during a visit in town and organising a karaoke evening on the last day of the week. Since 2007 Richard got involved for the complete event with beeing a team member in 2009. In 2010 Richard joined the ELSA board as beeing the webmaster as his main priority.

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