Gareth August 28th, 2020

James - thanks for your vision, passion, leadership, charm and wonderful way of making us smile. And thanks for changing the world a bit, as well. I will miss you. James was a great encouragement to me when I started as the first Chief Executive of the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) in the UK back in 1995. I remember him visiting my office to meet face to face to share ideas and aspirations. He had that capacity to make people he connected with believe that they could change the world too. Running an NGO is fraught with difficulties, not least financial, yet James’s drive , vision and commitment to the cause kept everyone focused and on track. I was delighted to be asked to be involved in the setting up of FEI a couple years back and have really enjoyed being part of James’s team. He has been a great mobiliser, marking a path with a beacon and leading the way for the diverse and growing number of international members. His positive message of equality has inspired members to join the fight against inequality. We will continue this fight in earnest. Thanks James. Gareth - European Cleft Organisation