Dr David Stokes has been the Chief Executive of CLAPA since May 2016. His responsibilities include setting the overall strategy and direction of the charity, managing the overall operations and resources of CLAPA, and acting as the main point of communication between the board of trustees and the CLAPA staff. In addition, David has responsibility for much of the collaboration with the cleft research community. He currently sits on the steering committee of a number of Cleft related research programmes and research centres including: SLUMBERS, Cleft Care UK, and the Centre for Appearance Research. David is also part of the Council for Disabled Children, the Shared learning group on Public-Patient Involvement in research, the NHS Cleft Development Group, and the steering group of the Appearance Collective in the UK.
Prior to joining CLAPA David had an extensive background in academic research and management, most recently running major collaborative research programmes at Imperial College London, including the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health, which was a major collaboration between, Imperial, King’s College London, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and St George’s – University of London. David also has experience of local government policy development, and managing a programme of socially-orientated local grant schemes. David has a PhD in Genetics, and qualifications in Executive and Project management.