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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.
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
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.
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!
Head of Fundraising
Mike joined the team on the 4th January and comes with a wealth of fundraising experience following a 12 year career at Shooting Star Chase children’s hospice care. Mike has successfully developed large teams in the community and challenge events arena and through his previous banking career has built strong links within the corporate world.
Mike says, ‘I am delighted to join this fantastic charity and start work with such an enthusiastic team. CLAPA provides such vital support in our communities and I’m really looking forward to working with our supporters to help realise the potential to raise more awareness and significantly increase our revenue streams to meet CLAPA’s aspirations.’
Trusts and Grants Fundraiser
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!
Trusts and Grants Fundraiser
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
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.
Regional & Volunteering
Anum looks after volunteers in the regions of the UK without a Regional Coordinator, namely Wales, Northern Ireland, South West England, North West England, and North East England.
Phone: 020 7833 4883
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
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
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
Regional Coordinator for the East of England
Hamza has been with CLAPA since April 2016. He has previously worked for British Red Cross and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), where he worked in fundraising and participation/user engagement working with different socio-groups that access social care services, with a focus on best practice in co-production and developing meaningful engagement through policy/advocacy work, specifically with young people and families. He has also managed a network of over 2000 volunteers and service users.
Tel: 07772 684398
Scotland Support Officer (Interim)
Scotland Support Officer (Currently on Maternity Leave)
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