Marie Pinkstone, Speech and Language Therapist My background is Lead Speech and Language Therapist for the North Thames Cleft Service based at St Andrews Hospital in Chelmsford and Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. I have worked in the service following its establishment in 2002 and have been working in the field of cleft lip and palate since 1997. My clinical speciality as enabled me to support CLEFT projects in Uganda, Ghana and in Bangladesh. Through working in new and challenging environments I have seen first hand the positive impact that Cleft brings to the patient journey with every penny raised influencing patient care and research. My focus is to improve all patient experience and clinical outcomes.. a focus that is shared with my fellow board members.