Joining the charity was an easy decision, as I felt the underlying ethos of the charity aims in aiding the delivery of local sustainable cleft care in middle- and low-income countries as well as supporting cleft related research reflected what I am passionate about.

My involvement with world of cleft started back in 1990, when I first started attending cleft clinics with Brian Sommerlad and David Di Biase, both my trainers and mentors.  Their energy and enthusiasm was an inspiration to me.

I was appointed as a consultant cleft orthodontist at Great Ormond Street hospital back in 2003 and I am currently the clinical director for the North Thames cleft service.

Since my involvement with the charity, I have been lucky enough to travel to meet local clinicians in Uganda, Egypt, Bangladesh and Venezuela where we have engaged together in the delivery of cleft care for the local population and shared the opportunity for teaching and training.  The allegiances formed have also allowed us the opportunity to invite overseas clinicians, to our units in the UK, to shadow various specialities and help highlight the delivery of our holistic team approach.

Finally, I have to be thankful to the charity for renewing my enthusiasm for cycling, when I was encouraged, back in 2016, to join the London 100 fundraiser and haven’t looked back!