Meet the Team

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David Stokes

Chief Executive

David joined CLAPA in May 2016 as the Chief Executive Officer. His responsibilities include setting and delivering the overall strategy and direction of the charity – alongside the Trustee Board and wider community – developing wider partnerships across the sector, and raising the recognition of CLAPA and its services more widely. David’s background is in academic research, but with experience of managing funding programmes, and as a parent, he has long been involved in a number of family and education-related charities.


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Claire Cunniffe

Deputy CEO

Claire has been with CLAPA since February 2011, initially as a Regional Coordinator for the East of England.  As Director of Development, Claire is responsible for managing our regional networks including the Regional Coordinator project, managing our UK network of volunteers, groups and Branches, overseeing and delivering our children and young people’s services and leading on fundraising for the organisation.

Claire is home-based in Leicestershire.

Mobile: 07854 298304


Anna Martindale

Communications and Information Manager

Anna joined CLAPA in June 2011 as the Fundraising and Communications Intern, and soon turned her focus towards communications, information and data management.

Her main roles are developing CLAPA’s communications, both online and offline, as well as looking after external campaigns, PR, messaging and branding. She also organises CLAPA’s national conferences.

Anna is responsible for developing and maintaining CLAPA’s database and data collection procedures, including surveys. Since 2014, she has also been responsible for reviewing and writing all of CLAPA’s information products, including the medical information on the website.


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Caitlin Bishop

Communications Officer

Caitlin joined CLAPA in June 2016 as a Communication Assistant – her responsibilities include promoting local events and opportunities, and cataloguing case studies, so if you have something you would like us to promote, or a story you would like to share, please get in touch!


Ext: #201



Matt Charlton

Community Fundraising Manager

Matt joined CLAPA in April 2017 and is the Community Fundraising Manager. He previously worked as a primary school teacher in Latin America, and has an extensive community fundraising background both in the UK and overseas.

His main role is to help CLAPA’s fabulous community fundraisers reach their full potential. If you are interested in organising an event, or would like any guidance or support, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Ext: #206


Rowena Knight

Trusts and Grants Fundraiser (Home-based)

I joined CLAPA in October 2014. Since then I’ve been working to bring in grants from charitable trusts and foundations so that CLAPA can continue to help people affected by cleft reach their full potential. My main priority is to fundraise for our Regional Coordinator Project so that CLAPA can provide local support for everyone who needs it. Getting your feedback is incredibly important for my applications, so if you see a CLAPA survey aimed at your region, please fill it in!

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.

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.


Ext: #210

Itunu Ajeigbe

Finance Manager (Acting)

As Finance Manager, I oversee all areas of finance and administration including: payroll, accounts payable and receivables, cash management, general ledger, inventory, banking and reconciliations. I provide strategic analyses for senior management to determine project and organisation performance. There are a number of things I enjoy while working with CLAPA such as problem solving and working as a team to grow the organisation. I can really see the results of my work and decisions having an impact on the operations. I have BSc (Hons) in Accounting and CIMA part qualified.


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Dee Mistry-Longley

Finance Manager (Maternity Leave)


Regional & Volunteering

Claire Evans

Regional Coordinator for Central England

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 previously worked for Mencap, Carers Trust and Whizz Kidz, working with young disabled people and young adult carers and doing similar work, with a focus on empowering groups and community engagement.

Claire is home-based in Staffordshire.

Mobile: 07792 772362

Cherry LeRoy

Regional Coordinator for South East of England

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.
Mobile: 079855 38982

Gillian McCarthy

Senior Regional Coordinator for Scotland

Gillian joined CLAPA in October 2014 initially as the Scotland Engagement Officer and then as the Senior Regional Coordinator for Scotland from September 2015.

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.

Phone: 07586 045402

Rebecca McDonald

Scotland Support Officer (Interim)

Tel: 07495379161

Melanie Skinner

Scotland Support Officer

Melanie joined CLAPA in September 2015 as Support Officer for Scotland. Melanie’s role is to help develop volunteering across Scotland including increasing branches, happy faces groups, older children’s activities as well as raising awareness. She previously worked in a similar role for the British Dental Association.

Melanie is home-based in Stirling and works 3 days a week for CLAPA.


Tel: 07495 379 161

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