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 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

Impact and Influence Manager

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

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. 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.

Email: [email protected]

 

Kate Flanagan

Communications 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]

Fundraising

Toni Kitchingman

Head of Fundraising

Email: [email protected]

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 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

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

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 & Administration

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 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]

 Services & Engagement

Kenny Ardouin

Adult Services Manager

Kenny manages CLAPA’s Adult Services Project.

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 offers for children and young people born with a cleft. Claire is 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 something else. Do get in touch, Claire would love to hear from you!

Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 07792 772362

Cherry LeRoy

Engagement & Services Manager

Cherry joined CLAPA in June 2015 as the Regional Coordinator for the South East of England.  Cherry now supports the Engagement & Services team, is the designated lead for Safeguarding and has overall responsibility for volunteering within CLAPA.  Cherry has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years with various family support charities.

You can contact Cherry for anything to do with Engagement & Service development, volunteering or safeguarding.

Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 079855 38982

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

Email: [email protected]

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