My third eldest daughter Alanna was born with a cleft palate, and has been cared for by the GOSH and Salisbury Cleft teams since she was born in 2003. As the parent of a child with a cleft, I was also keen to help support research into the causes of clefts, about which little is understood and which holds little / no attraction for research funding from pharmaceutical companies.

I was inspired by Brian to become a trustee of the charity shortly after its foundation in 2007, becoming a CLEFT trustee from 2008 to 2011, before moving to Singapore for work, and then re-joined the trustees on my return to the UK in 2017.

I am passionate about creating sustainable solutions for problems, rather than applying ‘quick fixes’ that look good but don’t last. I see CLEFT as unique in sustainably improving cleft care in poor countries by providing training and equipment for medical staff that wouldn’t otherwise be available, and by supporting overall research to investigate the underlying causes.  

Married with 4 daughters, I live in Hampshire and work in London and worldwide. I hold the position of Global Head of Sustainable Finance, and Head of the EMEA Corporate Ratings Group for the credit ratings agency Fitch. I have a background in investment banking, corporate fundraising for projects, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate risk and advisory work. I graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Psychology and have a post-graduate diploma (CGEM) from INSEAD.  

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