Meet the Team

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Claire Cunniffe

Chief Executive Officer

Claire joined CLAPA in February 2011, initially to pilot the Regional Coordinator project which she has led on since its inception. Having been Deputy Chief Executive for 2 1/2 years, she was appointed CEO in September 2018 to work with the Board of Trustees to set and lead on delivery of the organisational strategy.

Claire has a background of developing services within voluntary organisations and plays an important role in strengthening CLAPA’s links with health professionals developing partnerships with other charities.

Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 07854 298304

Communications & Information

Anna Martindale

Communications and Information Manager

Anna joined CLAPA in June 2011. She now looks after CLAPA’s communications, medical information, data management, and the feeding service.

Anna is responsible for developing CLAPA’s communications, including social media, the website, and print media, as well as looking after external campaigns, PR, messaging and branding. She has also organised many of CLAPA’s national conferences.

Anna is responsible for developing and maintaining CLAPA’s databases, and is CLAPA’s data protection lead. She is also responsible for reviewing, writing and publishing all of CLAPA’s information products, including the medical information on the website. Since 2018, she has managed CLAPA’s feeding service and web shop.

Email: [email protected]


Kate Flanagan

Communications and Regional Support Officer

Kate joined the CLAPA team as Communications and Regional Support Officer in November 2019. She helps to look after CLAPA’s website, social media pages, graphic design, newsletters and any other online communication to the CLAPA community and supporters.

Email: [email protected]


Toni Kitchingman

Head of Fundraising

Email: [email protected]

Nicky Davis

Challenge Events Fundraiser

I first joined CLAPA in June 2017 as a volunteer and was a part of the fundraising team, I soon loved the work CLAPA do in supporting families and young people affected by cleft and began to see my future career in working in the charity sector. I then gained the position of the challenge events fundraiser role at CLAPA and I really love it. I graduated from university last year and my previous experience has mainly been in childcare so I am very happy that I made the change into charity work. My main responsibilities as the challenge events fundraiser are to develop, promote and manage the challenge events fundraiser programme, manage the stewardship for all challenge events participants and manage sports clubs activities.

Email: [email protected]

Rashna Choudhury

Community Fundraiser

Rashna joined in her role as Community Fundraiser in November 2019 and recently graduated from her Masters in Social and Community Psychology in 2018. In her role she supports volunteers, fundraisers and anyone who would like to donate to CLAPA by aiding them with any information they need and to answer queries regarding Fundraising.

Email: [email protected]

Denise Robson

Denise Robson

Trusts and Grants Fundraiser (Home-based)

I started working for CLAPA in July 2016. I bring extensive funding experience to my role, which will focus on ensuring core funding for CLAPA. I have successfully secured funding for diverse organisations serving children and families, carers and older people in organisations of different sizes, from trusts, foundations, lottery funders, European and statutory sources. I look forward to bringing in funding for CLAPA to ensure a bright and sustainable future.  I work from home in Tyne and Wear.

Email:[email protected]

Finance & Administration

Christopher Allen

Post Room Assistant

Chris looks after our feeding service, including processing orders and sending them out to families and NHS Trusts. He works part time in the afternoons.

Email: [email protected]

Shanta Assani

Finance Manager

Shanta joined the CLAPA Team as Finance Manager in July 2020.  Shanta brings with her over 20 years of Financial experience from both a Commercial and not-for-profit organisations.  She has worked in small and multinational businesses, in a range of industries.

Her skills range from day to day management of Finances to End of year Annual Reports & HMRC filing.  Shanta brings with her experience of financial Stock management, HR contracts, Payroll, Pensions, Leadership & Management mentoring, Operations, and Customer Services.

When not staring at spreadsheets, she’s a busy mum of two teenagers, teaching martial arts, and training for her 3rd Dan in Karate!

Email: [email protected]

Sobia Gill

Finance Officer

Sobia joined CLAPA in June 2019.  She has over 20 years experience in various Finance Support roles and has mainly worked within the charity sector.  Within CLAPA she supports the Finance Manager by keeping the financial systems up to date, maintaining records, processing payments, as well as other daily, monthly and annual tasks.

Email: [email protected]

 Regional, Volunteering & Services

Kenny Ardouin

Adult Services Manager

Kenny manages CLAPA’s Adult Services Project.

Email: [email protected]


Nicky Davis

Adult Services Officer (part time)

I first joined CLAPA in June 2017 as a volunteer and was a part of the fundraising team, where I spend most of my time. I also work in the Adult Services Team on the Adult Services Project one day per week.

Email: [email protected]


Catherine Dougherty

Regional Engagement Officer for South West South Wales (Home-based, Part-time)

Email: [email protected]

Kath Allan

Regional Engagement Officer for North East England (home-based, part-time)

Email: [email protected]

Claire Evans

Regional Coordinator for Central England (Home-based)

Claire joined CLAPA in October 2014 and is the Regional Coordinator for Central England. She is responsible for volunteer recruitment, support and training as well as local fundraising and organising events in the region. Claire has a charity background focussed on  young people’s participation, project management and community engagement.

Claire is home-based in Staffordshire.

Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 07792 772362

Cherry LeRoy

England & Wales Manager, and Regional Coordinator for South East of England (Home-based)

Cherry joined CLAPA in June 2015 and is the Regional Coordinator for the South East of England.  She is responsible for volunteer recruitment, support and training as well as organising fundraising events in the region.  Cherry has worked in the voluntary sector for many years and latterly for Home-Start supporting local schemes and recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in a similar role.

Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 079855 38982

Gillian McCarthy

Scotland & Northern Ireland Manager (Part-time, Home-based)

Gillian joined CLAPA in October 2014 initially as the Scotland Engagement Officer and then as the Senior Regional Coordinator for Scotland from September 2015. From September 2018 she has worked part time for 3 days per week.

Her role involves recruiting, training and supporting volunteers as well as developing local branches, happy faces groups, older children’s activities, raising awareness and supporting local fundraising.

Gillian has previously worked as a Speech and Language Therapist and in Project/Service Development with volunteers as well as running her own business. She has volunteered in several roles including mentoring, e-befriending,  a member of the Children’s Panel and a Childline Counsellor.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07586 045402

Daniel Richards

Regional Coordinator for East of England (Home-based)

Email: [email protected]

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