I have worked with the Newcastle cleft lip and palate team for 17 years and have led the speech and language service since 2009. I am currently undertaking a PhD investigating language and listening skills in children with cleft lip and palate. I am Chair of the Early Career Researchers Group in Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies. My research interests also include Robin Sequence, outcome measures and the relationship between speech and language skills. I have spent some time in India working with cleft charities and delivering assessment and therapy through interpreters and local SLTs.

When away from work I enjoy walking my dogs, running (slowly!) and watching football!