Stroke help group appoints CEO

Carl Paley helping one of Speak With IT's clients. (S)
Carl Paley helping one of Speak With IT's clients. (S)

A Bishop Monkton based charity helping stroke sufferers has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer to steer the group forward.

Speak With IT – which delivers specially designed computer technology help to stroke sufferers –has appointed Carl Palay, who has been volunteering for the charity, to the unpaid role for the next year.

The scheme focuses on the condition known as “aphasia” – a speech and language processing disorder often caused by strokes.

Mr Palay said: “My experiences of helping several people over the last 18 months have convinced me of the merits of the great work and support we, as a charity, provide to aphasia sufferers.

“The fact that research at the University of Sheffield has shown using computer technology to treat the issues found with processing speech and language after a stroke is more effective than the usual stimulation offered in such cases drives and inspires me to work towards making our support services available to as wide an audience as possible.

“For example, people using the computer software independently at home made significantly more improvement in finding the words they wanted than those who did not use computer treatment. Our charity facilitates and supports this approach helping directly improve the quality of life of stroke survivors.”

Speak With IT says the family and friends of stroke victims are passionate about the real benefits this technology can bring to individuals and are delighted to have this level of commitment from Mr Palay.

To date, his career has seen him working at the top levels of the IT industry. During his 12 months as Speak With IT’s CEO, Mr Palay will be hands-on working with all areas of the charity from technological and administrative improvements to volunteer training and widening the reach of the charity throughout the north of England.

Speak With IT was launched at Headlingley Stadium in Leeds by BBC Look North news reader Harry Gration.

Organised by families and friends of stroke survivors, the Bishop Monkton based group encourages self-reliance in users and enables family and friends to take an active role in their road to improvement and recovery.

To find out more about the charity and how you can be a part of its success story, contact Pip Garside on 01765 677494 or email

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