In February 2017, she took over a 4-year term as President of International Confederation of Cleft Lip and Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies – the first time this has been held by anyone in the UK.
She is on the Council of the Craniofacial Society of Great Britain and Ireland, the Scar Free Foundation Research Council and the Royal Society of Medicine, Comparative Medical Council. She is a member of the British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
International Keynote Speaker
She is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences and has been an invited guest speaker at the Royal Society of Medicine, the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association, the Indian Society for Cleft Lip, Palate & Craniofacial Anomalies and numerous international congresses in Turkey, Cairo, Japan, Malaysia.
She has worked in, or visited hospitals in over 10 countries and is fascinated by differences in approaches to healthcare, across the world, both from the perspective of doctors as well as the public’s attitude to illness and disfigurement and conditions that affect appearance
She is at home giving keynotes to large audiences, presenting for broadcast TV or performing in an interactive event at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Edinburgh Fringe and Science Festivals
Felicity has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe (Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas) in 2014 and 2015; and been an invited speaker at various public events at Science Festivals in Edinburgh and Cheltenham, on a wide range of topics, including regenerative medicine (growing your own organs), various aspects of surgery, what happens to your medical data, history of plastic surgery in WW1 and the Guinea Pig Club as well as disfigurement. She has hosted events that bring together medicine and the arts.
Documentary Ideas and Development
Felicity has a range of ideas for science documentaries. She has gained insight into programme development having worked with BBC Science Development on Countdown to Life. She wrote, presented and edited a short film on the history of anaesthesia.
She would love to collaborate with broadcasters on projects that engage the public with scientific studies and experiments. She was selected for the BBC expert voices training.
Her idea for a documentary on wounds and scarring was shortlisted for the Sheffield doc fest Specialist Factual New Talent Pitch. Her enthusiasm and ideas for science documentaries led to her being selected for the Wellcome Trust scheme at the WCSFP.
Felicity trained in two different styles of Karate both in India and in the UK and achieved her black belt (first Dan) in Shotokan Karate, competing at county and national levels, although she is not in training at present. She enjoys swimming and understanding magic tricks and is learning how to code.
Languages: being half Indian and having spent half her life, growing up in India, she can get by in Hindi and Marathi.