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Meet the team

Children born with a cleft lip and / or palate may face multiple health problems. Experience has shown that these problems are best supported by a team of specialists from many disciplines who work together with the family to provide for the social, emotional, psychological and educational needs of the child.

This means that, when you visit us, you may find yourself in a room with lots of clinicians – this is quite normal and nothing to worry about. If you feel uncomfortable with so many people in the room, please don’t be afraid to request that only key members of the team remain.

Ginette Phippen

I am a speech and language therapist (SLT) and have worked with the Spires Cleft Centre team in Salisbury since 2002. In 2017 I was appointed as Clinical Director for the whole Spires Cleft Centre service (Salisbury and Oxford). I have worked as a speech and language therapist since 1989 and, before moving to Salisbury, […]

Adam Sawyer

I undertook my undergraduate medical training at Guy’s & St Thomas’ in London, having intercalated with a BSc first class in Physiology. I qualified as a doctor in 1999 and decided to train as a plastic surgeon undertaking postgraduate training in London, Oxford and Salisbury.  I have completed two masters (MSc and LLM), firstly in […]

Nichola Hudson

I lead a team of clinical nurse specialists across the Spires Cleft region. I am a qualified children and adult nurse and have a BSc Hons in Child Health Nursing. I have worked in numerous clinical settings in London including being Senior Sister at the Cleft and Craniofacial Unit at Great Ormond Street. I was […]

Maureen Warren

I am an adult and paediatric trained nurse and have also undertaken courses in orthopaedics and cleft care. I became interested in caring for people with a cleft and their families in 1990 when I was a paediatric staff nurse. I developed this interest by undertaking the cleft nursing course and I became a clinical […]

Sandra Treslove

Before training as a speech and language therapist, I read Drama at Hull University. After working as an actor-musician for ten years, I changed direction and undertook a Speech and Communication Science degree at City University, London. In 2006 I began working at the Spires Cleft Centre and completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Cleft Lip […]

Sonya Lidiard

Having qualified as a speech and language therapist in 2002, I originally worked with a broad spectrum of paediatric speech and language difficulties, before joining the Spires Cleft service in 2004. Between 2009 and 2016 I took a break from cleft palate and worked with adults with head and neck cancer and voice disorders, and […]

Philippa Humes

I qualified as a speech and language therapist from Newcastle University in 2012. I have since worked in a range of community teams, with particular interests in pre-schoolers, autism and paediatric eating and drinking. I joined the Spires Cleft team in 2016, and particularly enjoy being part of a very tightly-linked multidisciplinary team. I have […]

Marcel Geyer

I am an ENT surgeon, and am passionate about helping patients of all ages with ear, nose and throat disorders. I am the current head of the ENT department at Salisbury and am ENT lead for the Spires Cleft service. I also work with the University of Southampton Auditory Implant Centre. I am privileged to […]

Stephanie Farrar

I qualified as a clinical psychologist from Southampton University in 2013. I have worked in a number of different services throughout my training, and since qualifying. Therefore I have experience in supporting individuals with a number of different psychological difficulties. I joined the Spires Cleft service in 2018. I enjoy offering support to both children […]

Mary Bussell

I am a consultant orthodontist working at Salisbury District Hospital. I joined the Spires Cleft team in 2018. I qualified as a dentist in 2004, and have undertaken further specialist training in orthodontics at Birmingham, East Grinstead and Guy’s Hospital in London. I am involved with the dental care of cleft patients from birth to […]

Cressida Francis

Hello, my name is Cressida and I have been a medical secretary with the Spires Cleft team now for four years, this time has flown by and I am still loving my role within the team.

Hollie McKellar

I have worked within the Spires Cleft team for over a year, and thoroughly enjoy being part of such a diverse team.

Louise Wallace

As the newest member of the admin team I’m still learning, but love talking to and occasionally meeting all the lovely families and consider myself very lucky to be part of such a supportive and knowledgeable team.

Cindy Williams

I have been working with the Spires Cleft team for over 12 years and am based at the Salisbury site, although I provide services for the Oxford site too.  I am mostly behind the scenes but I do venture out to help during clinics. It is a pleasure to work in such a dedicated and […]

Tony Meacock

With the many challenges that cleft patients and their families face, I have the opportunity to speak up in a professional group to represent their best interests, including the quality of the healthcare delivered and the impact of long-term conditions. I bring my extensive business and family experience to the role. Feel free to contact […]

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