Meet the Team

The North Thames Cleft Centre is run by a multidisciplinary team, made up of specialist doctors, nurses and therapists.  We want to make sure you and your child are involved in planning his or her treatment with all the relevant members of the team who will be at the outpatient appointments.  This means that you are seen by several members of the team at the same time in a multi-disciplinary clinic.  This may feel a little daunting at times but means you only attend one appointment instead of many individual appointments, and it also means that the team members can discuss, with you, priorities for treatment.  Often, one of the team may see you and your child in a separate room to discuss progress on a particular issue such as how your child’s speech is developing.


Team Members:




Mr Loshan Kangesu    Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Mr Paul Morris             Consultant Plastic Surgeon 

Mr Guy Thorburn         Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Dr Sharmila Nambiar   Consultant Paediatrician

Mr Brijesh Patel           Consultant Orthodontist

Dr Raouf Chorbachi    Consultant Audiological Physician

Dr Melissa Lees          Consultant Geneticist

Miss Laura Harding     Consultant ENT Surgeon



Clinical Nurse Specialists:


Jill Bailey                      Clinical Nurse Specialist

Peri Codling                 Clinical Nurse Specialist



Other staff:


Marie Pinkstone          Lead Speech and Language Therapist

Anne Mayne               Speech and Language Therapist

Natalie Pancewicz      Speech and Language Therapist 

Dr Mandy Giles           Lead Clinical Psychologist

John Volcano              Cleft Photographer

Kerry Smith                  Dental Nurse

James Green               Maxillofacial and Dental Laboratory Manager 

Karen Wilson               Cleft Co-ordinator

Melanie Aitken            Cleft Team Secretary

Diane Stretch              Secretary to Mr Paul Morris & Mr Guy Thorburn