Hello, my name is Jon. I was born in 1975 with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. I had a series of operations and orthodontic treatments through childhood, with a final operation in 1995 to close the hole in my palate. I decided not to proceed with any further surgery once my palate was repaired.

I grew up in the London area, however I have been based in Scotland since 1998 and I currently live in Edinburgh where I work as a Producer for arts projects and events. I chaired CLAPA’s Adult Voices Council between 2010 and 2013, and in 2014 I became a Peer Supporter. I am always happy to hear from other adults with clefts who would like to ask questions or share their experiences, particularly those who also live in Scotland.