Welcome to our new General Manager

Cleft New Zealand is very excited to be welcoming several new team members into the Cleft New Zealand family from Wednesday 2nd December. Please make them feel welcome as you see them around at events and talk to them on the phone etc.

Our new General Manager (formerly called CEO) will be Natasha Smith who starts with us on Wednesday and will work alongside the outgoing General Manager until the end of the year before taking the reigns fully in January.

Here is some more info on Natasha:

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My name is Natasha Smith; I live in Auckland with my husband  Andrew and our two children, Charlotte, almost 5 years old and Jaxon, 18 months old.

I studied communication at Manukau Institute of technology  and continued onto a career in Marketing and Promotions. Once my chidren were born, I went back to working part time in a pharmacy.

Two years ago my daughter was diagnosed with a submucous cleft palate. It was all very overwelming but we have learnt a lot and had an amazing support network through the Auckland Cleft unit and Cleft New Zealand.

Cleft New Zealand made us realise that we were not alone during Charlottes appointments, surgeries and speech therapy sessions.  The more aware I became of the work Cleft New Zealand do, the more I knew I wanted to be a part of such a great organisation.

I look forward to contributing to what is already a fantastic community.”

Natasha will shortly become the front person of Cleft New Zealand – if you see her around, pop over and introduce yourself!