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The BAA Board of Directors manages the smooth running and the professional validity of the Academy.

Michelle Booth

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Current Occupational Role: Clinical Lead - Adult Audiology at Kings Mill Hospital in North Nottinghamshire. 

Areas of Specialist interest: Tinnitus Rehabilitation.

Michelle has worked in Audiology since 1987, training as the original MPPM student in Chesterfield. She has worked in various other departments, but has been a member of the team at Kings Mill Hospital in North Nottinghamshire since 1993. Michelle obtained her BSc from Leeds University in 2002, having studied on a part-time basis for 4 years. Michelle's specialist area of interest is tinnitus and she worked with the NHS Improvement team in 2009 to develop and implement a direct access service for patients with tinnitus. The service has been a great success and Michelle has presented at many meetings and Conferences sharing her experience.  She has also offered help and advice to other departments wanting to set up a similar service. Michelle served the BAA initially as a regional representative in the Trent region, but joined BAA Board in 2011 and has led the Service Quality, Publicity and Communications and the Conference teams during her term, before becoming Vice President and President. Michelle is currently studying for her MSc in Healthcare Leadership with the NHS Leadership Academy, but has taken a leave of absence during her Presidential year to concentrate on her BAA duties.  Michelle is passionate about her profession and feels immensely proud to be representing Audiology as President of the BAA.


Vice President 2016/17 - Sue Falkingham

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Board Role: Web Director
Current Occupational Role: Audiologist in Education and Training at Starkey Hearing Technologies

Areas of Special Interest: Adult Hearing Rehabilitation, Hearing aid Technology

Sue has worked in Audiology since 1990, first as an Audiologist and later gaining her qualification as a Hearing Therapist. Having worked in a number of NHS Audiology Departments Sue has continued her career in the commercial side of Audiology. Currently working for Starkey where she provides audiological support and training to customers.


Chief Executive Officer - Wendy Farrington Chadd


My background is at Executive Board level within the NHS. This includes over 30 years working across hospital providers and in commissioning within different healthcare landscapes.

Most of my career has been spent within the NHS provider sector including Acute, Mental Health, Community, and Primary Care. I have spent over 20 years at Board level as a Chief Executive and Finance Director. I am currently working as a Management Consultant.

I have also undertaken several national and regional Chair and leadership roles including: Chairman of the West Midlands HFMA, a membership organisation representing healthcare finance professionals; lead Chief Executive for the National Specialist Orthopaedic Alliance; Chair of the Local Education and Training Committee informing workforce strategy for NHS providers.

 My experience within the healthcare sector at Board level brings a breadth and depth of expertise which will support the BAA in developing a strategy and forward plan, particularly in relation to health policy and the macro challenges we face as a sector going forward. As an experienced Board leader I fully appreciate the importance of working collectively with health professionals to achieve results.

I began my NHS career as a graduate trainee on the national FMTS and worked my way through to Director level. My professional career has also included time as a professional examiner for CIPFA the national public service Accountancy body. I have actively and passionately supported staff development and training nationally through links with the GMTS and now undertake Executive Coaching as a qualified coach.

In working collaboratively with health professionals over many years I am able to gain both rapport and respect across professional boundaries through an open and constructive personal style. As a coach I understand perspective and I am able to argue persuasively and positively to support organisational success. I fully appreciate and understand the pressures and challenges clinicians face in their professional activities.

As Consultant to BAA the Board and President would like me to focus on strategy, particularly in relation to the 5YFV and the challenges as the future landscape developing through local STPs, as well as business and operational management. As a membership organisation the BAA can only continue and succeed through its membership and the views of members is crucial in developing our strategy and plans – I am fully committed to working in partnership to support BAA and very much look forward to working for you in supporting the future direction of travel.

Jagjit Sethi

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Current occupational role: Head of Hearing and Balance Services and Consultant Clinical Scientist at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 

Areas of special interest: All-round interest in quality improvements for health service provision along with a personal clinical focus on diagnostic audio-vestibular services for both paediatrics and adults.  


Jagjit has over 24-years’ experience across the scientific and technical fields of audiology. She originally started her career as a trainee Physiological Measurement Technician in Audiology at Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel. She went on to complete her Masters in Audiology (MSc) followed by Doctorate of Audiology (DAud). Over the last 18-years she has led a variety of clinical audiology services in the NHS through transformational change, which in turn has cultivated her passion for service development and quality. Other occupations have also included working for the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHAC) as the Professional Lead for Neurosensory Sciences where her role was to support students, Training Officers and other key stakeholders of the Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC) programme, and more recently she has been involved with informing organisational strategic plans through her role as Strategy refresh Programme Lead.


Throughout her career Jagjit has been an active member of the Audiology profession some of these have included being the past Editor of BSA News, and more recently member of BAA International Development Committee (IDC) and Service Quality Committee (SQC). She has also worked with the Department of Health on integrating the Audiology Quality Rating Tool (QRT) to the Quality Enhancement Tool (QET), and clinical advisor for IQIPS Accreditation Clinical Advisory Group (ACAG).


In these are extremely challenging and yet exciting times Jagjit is keen to see the on-going development of our profession and our professional body. She is looking forward to working with BAA members and Board colleagues to continue to develop a high quality, sustainable and progressive professional body that has a strong voice for all professionals in Audiology.


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Name:  Neil Summerfield
Board Role: Regional Groups
Current occupational role: Advanced Audiology Practitioner
Areas of special interest: Tinnitus, Vestibular and complex hearing aid issues in adults.

Neil is responsible for membership and constitutional issues on BAA Board. A key role in the organisation ensuring continued growth in our membership.

Neil Summerfield has been in Audiology since training at Walton Hospital in Liverpool in 2001.Neil currently work as a Specialist Audiologist in Salford within the adult service where he specialise in anything adult based Tinnitus, Vestibular and complex hearing aid issues. Along with my clinical work I have also been the lead student mentor for the last few years working closely with the University of Manchester where I try my best to help shape the future audiologist.

Service Quality Committee – Rosemary Monk


Name: Rosemary Monk

Board Role: Service Quality Committee

Current Occupational Role: Teaching Fellow in Audiology, Aston University. 

Areas of Specialist interest: Vestibular Assessment and Rehabilitation.

 Rosemary Monk has worked as a Clinical Scientist in the NHS since 1996, and currently works at Aston University teaching audiology to undergraduate and postgraduate students. She continues her clinical practice in the NHS under honorary contract and her clinical interests are assessment and rehabilitation of vestibular disorders and management of hearing loss in adults.She has been involved in both academic and clinical training of audiologists for many years, and is a CAC and HTS examiner. Rosemary is passionate about maintaining and improving standards within audiology, both clinically and in terms of education and training. She looks forward to representing the membership on the Service Quality Committee and on the Board.


BAA Regional Groups - Karen Shepherd










Northern Ireland Representative - Barbara Gregg

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Board role Co-opted Northern Ireland rep



Welsh Representative to BAA Board –Paul Bruins  IMG_4389.jpg


Name: Paul Bruins

Board Role: Welsh Representative

Current occupational role: Principal Audiologist/ Head of Adult Hearing Services in the Hywel Dda Health Board, West Wales

Areas of special interest: Vestibular, Tinnitus, Complex Needs and hearing aids in adults, Quality Standards in Adult Audiology, and volunteer training.

 Paul is responsible for communication between Welsh Audiology and the BAA Board.  He is a member of the All Wales Audiology Management Group (Heads of Service) which meets every 6 months.  He is an external assessor for the Welsh Adult Quality Standards, and is a visiting lecturer at Swansea University Clinical Science Course (Audiology).  And is currently helping to organise the next Audiology Cymru Study/Training Day

Paul Bruins started his career in audiology in early 1977 in Ipswich Hospital, and obtained his BAAT 1&2 and Cert. Audio. by 1979.  He then went to work in Saudi Arabia as a pioneer audiologist for 4 years, returning to work in UK audiology from 1983 up to the present time.  He has worked as head of Adult Hearing services in Whipps Cross Hospital, London, St Richards Hospital, Chichester, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford and now at Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest.  He is currently working in Adult Audiology in South West Wales covering Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire & Ceredigion. 

Paul studied with the Open University and graduated with a BSc in Electronics & Control Engineering in 1993, and in 2002 he graduated with an MSc in Audiology from UCL.  He has been a BAAT part (2) National Assessor for a number of years. 

Pau is keen on seeing audiology go from strength to strength, and relishes, with anticipation, the improvements that are on the horizon in terms of products and practices in audiology.  He is keen on seeing widespread dissemination of “Basic Hearing Aid Maintenance”, and to this end he volunteers some of his free time to provide training to social services, carers, volunteers and the voluntary sector.

Pubs & Comms - Darren Cordon

Name:  Darren Cordon

Board Role: Pubs & Comms.
Current occupational role: Deputy Head of Hearing Services Department, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Areas of special interest: Leadership, Service Improvement, Team Development & Mentoring.

I have been an Audiologist since 2007 and currently work as the Deputy Head of the Hearing Services at the University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) NHS Trust.  I graduated with a BSc in Audiology from De Montfort University in 2007, undertaking training at Derby and Nottingham Audiology Services.

I am passionate about my profession and I have previously been a volunteer representative for the BAA Trent Region for the last five years, organising regular meetings on a variety of topics with guest speakers.  One of my specialist areas of interest is service improvement for patients and I am proud to have been part of Leicester’s NHS Improvement project, ‘Triage in primary care’ which was published nationally. I am committed to improving the patient experience and promoting Deaf awareness.  My recent work in this area has been presented to the UHL Board and at the BAA conference in 2015.

I was one of the 2012 cohort of the NHS ‘National Clinical Leadership Fellowship’ and holds a Post graduate certificate in Leadership and Service Improvement.  In 2016 I completed the national Elizabeth Garrett Anderson NHS leadership course and graduated with a Master’s degree in Healthcare Leadership from the University of Birmingham.

In December 2016 I joined the BAA board as the lead for Publicity and Communications, and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities this role will no doubt provide.