The future of cleft care

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Michael Morpurgo MBE – Patron

Michael Morpurgo

We were delighted that Michael Morpurgo, well known author of many books for children, former Children’s Laureate and champion of children’s rights  agreed to become our Patron. He is a fantastic figurehead for the charity, who shares Future Faces’ values and recognises the importance of what we are trying to achieve.

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David Davis

David Davis retired in 2006 after a career of cultivating shellfish, mainly oysters & mussels, in Poole harbour. Since then he has been doing voluntary charity work.

He has a particular interest in Future Faces because his second child was born with a cleft lip & palate. This was in the era before any pre-birth scans. The improvements developed in the intervening years, pioneered by a team in Poole led by Tony Markus, appealed to David.

He now wishes to be a part of a charity that will help to replicate the Poole Model not only in the UK but internationally.

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Paul Nicholas

Paul Nicholas is a Finance Manager working for an educational publisher in London.

Paul’s association with Cleft Lip and Palate support groups began over 20 years ago.

As a result of his eldest daughter being born with a cleft lip and has continued throughout her subsequent care, being a founder member of the original support group for the service.

He has continued to be part of the team working alongside the clinicians providing support to patients with clefts and their families.

Tony Markus

Tony Markus is a maxillofacial surgeon who, with the support of many colleagues, and at the request of the local childrens’ doctors, established a truly multidisciplinary cleft service to serve the population of Dorset and surroundings in 1985.

Over the years we have trained many young surgeons, speech therapists, orthodontists and other cleft team members from around the world and, with his fellow Trustees, he decided to establish the charity with a view to sharing our expertise in the longer term.

 Sue Adams


Sue Adams has over 25 years experience as a solicitor and, more recently, as a Chartered Tax Adviser. She specialises in tax planning (inheritance tax, capital gains tax and their interaction with stamp duty land tax and VAT) for individuals, in both personal and business affairs.

She advises on trusts, wills, estates (succession planning and administration), Lasting Powers of Attorney and work in the Court of Protection. She also has an interest in Charitable Trusts. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and Solicitors for the Elderly.

Philip Worley

Philip Worley has worked in the private and public sectors and his present job allows him to work closely with both.  He specialises in support for international trade and investment, helping organisations large and small expand through exporting and working with foreign-based businesses who establish in Britain. He has lived and worked in Spain, Russia, Vietnam and Switzerland.  Philip recently completed an MBA from Henley, where his elective subjects were International Business Culture and Project Management, with his dissertation on Motivation and Change.

His current role focuses on strategic and policy planning, helping develop new policies and strategies – and implementing them. Philip is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.