Meet the Team

For general inquiries please email [email protected] or call the office on 020 7833 4883.

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Claire Cunniffe

Chief Executive Officer

Claire joined CLAPA in February 2011, initially to pilot the Regional Coordinator project which she led 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 the delivery of the organisational strategy.

Claire has a background in 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]

Communications & Information

Anna Martindale

Impact and Influence Manager

Anna joined CLAPA in June 2011. She is part of the Senior Management Team and looks after CLAPA’s communications, impact reporting, medical information, and data management. Anna has a background in fundraising and outside of work enjoys digital painting, snowboarding and music festivals.

Email: [email protected]

Anna Lockey

Communications Officer

Anna joined the CLAPA team as Communications Officer in March 2022. She helps to look after CLAPA’s website, social media pages, graphic design, newsletters, and any other communications to the CLAPA community and supporters. Anna’s background is in marketing and has worked both in the public and private sectors. In her free time, she enjoys photography, digital illustration, and baking.

Email: [email protected]

Fundraising

Nicky Davis

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 Fundraiser at CLAPA and I really love it. My previous experience has mainly been in childcare so I am very happy that I made the change into charity work. My main responsibilities 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

Fundraiser

Rashna joined in her role as Fundraiser in November 2019 and graduated with 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 answering any queries regarding Fundraising.

Email: [email protected]

Denise Robson

Denise Robson

Trusts and Grants Fundraiser

Denise has been working for CLAPA since July 2016, bringing extensive funding experience to the role, and focusing on securing core funding from trusts and foundations. Denise works two days a week, generally Mondays and Tuesdays, from home in Tyne and Wear.

Email: [email protected]

Finance & Operations

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 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 4rd Dan in Karate!

Email: [email protected]

Sobia Gill

Finance Officer

Sobia joined CLAPA in June 2019.  She has over 20 years of 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]

Christopher Allen

Feeding Service Administrator

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]

Engagement & Services

Ellie Dale

Engagement & Services Manager

Ellie joined CLAPA in May 2022 as Engagement and Services Manager, supporting the Engagement and Services team, as well as being the Safeguarding lead, and having overall responsibility for volunteering at CLAPA and is also part of the Senior Management Team.

Ellie has over 20 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector, in community development, fundraising, volunteer, project, and services management with a range of charities, mainly working across health and social care. Ellie is passionate about the work she does, supporting volunteers and staff, and started her voluntary sector journey as a volunteer herself.

During her ‘spare’ time, Ellie also makes jewellery, does yoga as often as she can, is passionate about wellbeing (hers and other people!) loves walking, cooking, and going to festivals. You can contact Ellie for anything around Engagement and Services development, safeguarding, and volunteering.

Email: [email protected]

Claire Evans

Children & Young People’s Services Coordinator

Claire joined CLAPA in October 2014 and has worked in the voluntary sector since graduating from University with a degree in Special Needs and Inclusion. Claire is passionate about the involvement of children and young people in decisions which affect them and loves working with CLAPA’s Children and Young People’s Council, who influence the work we do and services we offer for children and young people born with a cleft. Claire also spends her time planning and delivering events for children and young people in the cleft community with the support of CLAPA volunteers and staff.

You can contact Claire for anything related to children and young people, whether you would like to join our volunteer team who support our children and young people’s services, if you would like to find out about our plans for children and young people’s events in the future or anything else. Do get in touch, Claire would love to hear from you!

Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 07792 772362

Gillian McCarthy

External Engagement Coordinator

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

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

Advocacy Coordinator

Daniel joined CLAPA in January 2018 and has a background in social work and various roles in the third sector. Daniel currently coordinates CLAPA’s advocacy service, responding to enquiries with information and guidance, and runs the Peer and Parent support service.

Email: [email protected]

Antonia Sinclair

Antonia Sinclair

Community Engagement Coordinator

Antonia joined CLAPA in April 2022 and is part of the Engagement and Services Team. Antonia’s role is to work alongside volunteers and staff to organise and deliver a variety of online events providing support, information, entertainment, and a place to meet new people.

Antonia has worked and volunteered in the events industry for many years and has a passion for providing inclusive and diverse opportunities for all to get involved in. Antonia has a young son and enjoys performing at festivals with her husband and the rest of the band in her free time.

Antonia would love to hear from you, so do get in touch if you would like to find out more about the events we have going on, to suggest some ideas for future events you would like to see taking place, or if you would like to volunteer to support these events.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 07718124612

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