Why did you become a student ambassador?

I first heard about CLEFT through a university bulletin which peaked my interest and then on reading and learning more about the charity, and the ethos of CLEFT I felt inspired to get involved. I have a strong interest in surgery in general and am considering a career in cleft surgery. Seeing the work that CLEFT do worldwide, in setting up sustainable cleft surgery centres and long-term multidisciplinary care for those in need, as well as investing into cleft research, I felt passionate about getting involved in whatever way possible. The CLEFT student’s section is a great initiative which has allowed me to do just that.

What is your interest in?

I am an aspiring Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon and currently have just started my final year of medical school, having already completed my dental degree. Cleft surgery is a subspeciality of maxillofacial surgery which I am particularly interested in.

What do you value about being part of the CLEFT?

Getting to be part of this community of students from all across the UK studying various degrees (encompassing the cleft MDT), all with the shared interest of cleft surgery and wating to raise awareness and fundraise for such a great charity is a very rewarding experience. The charity as a whole are very engaging with the student’s section and helping us in whatever ways possible and it really makes you feel like a valued member of the charity and the team.

How do you feel about taking on the role of Chair?

I am a little nervous about the role as it is a big undertaking, however, I am also very excited. Having been a part of the student’s central team for the past year, I have seen the amazing work that the student’s section and all the ambassadors have achieved and I really hope to continue Lily’s great work and take the section even further.

Do you have any plans/ambitions for the student section in 2023/24?

Yes – lots of plans! I really hope that we can continue to expand the student’s section and widen our international reach. Also, I would like to try and focus on collaboration, between the different university teams themselves but also with the CLEFT fundraising team and the trainees section, which would not only help with fundraising but also help create networks and links between students and trainees and cleft centres.

And can you tell us a little something about yourself?

I grew up in Kent however now live in London and have done so for many years through my time at university. In my spare time I love to bake and I also love to travel.