Hearing Advisor


The Advisory Panel


Details of the advisory panel who audit the Consultant Aproved Hearing Centres can be found below:

Professor Quentin Summerfield, University of York

Advisory Panel Chair

Professor Quentin Summerfield chair of the consultant approved hearing centres advisory panel

After graduating with degrees in psychology from Cambridge and Belfast, I won a NATO postdoctoral research fellowship to study speech perception in the Haskins Laboratories at Yale (1975-77). I worked for the Medical Research Council at the Institute of Hearing Research from 1977-2004. My research includes fundamental studies of the auditory processes that contribute to the ability to attend to one source of sound when many sources are present, and the applied evaluation of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of cochlear implantation. I teach an advanced module that demonstrates the linkages between these areas of interest. I am interested in supervising research that uses psychoacoustical methods combined with neuroimaging to study 'Spatial Listening' - the ability of listeners to attend to one source of sound in a mixture of sources in order to determine where it is located, in which direction it is moving, and what information it is conveying.


Christine De Placido, Queen Margaret University

Christine De Placido member of the consultant approved hearing centres advisory panelI started my career in NHS audiology in 1975 and trained at the Glasgow school of Audiology. I started work as an audiologist in Lanarkshire and then moved to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. I worked there for two years, before being promoted to Senior Audiologist. I set up the Paediatric clinic at the Royal Hospital for sick children in Edinburgh and worked there until 1985 when I became the head of Service for NHS Fife. While working in Fife I completed a BSc (Hons) in health studies, an MSc in Audiology, a therapeutic diploma in humanistic counselling and the HAC exams. I also completed PG training in cognitive behavioural therapy, and hypnotherapy. In 2005 I moved to Queen Margaret University and am currently a senior lecturer and professional lead for Audiology. My research interests are auditory aging, existential aspects of acquired hearing loss and Tinnitus. I am currently involved in research into synthetic speech and impaired hearing, developing wider access to rehabilitation (using telemedicine) and the use of technology in rehabilitation. I have submitted a thesis for my Ph D, the title of the thesis is “ Acquiring hearing loss: A grounded theory”. Funding permitting, I will be undertaking a grounded theory of Tinnitus in January 2013. I have served on the BSA council for 14 years and latterly have been the chair of the programmes committee, and lead editor of BSA news. Prior to this I was the Education and training secretary, hon secretary and vice chair of BAAT.

Sue Archbold, PhD, The Ear Foundation

Sue Archbold member of the consultant approved hearing centres advisory panelI was the teacher of the deaf of the first child in the UK to have a cochlear implant. I then helped establish The Ear Foundation to fund the first paediatric cochlear implants in the UK, and went on to co-ordinate the Nottingham Paediatric Cochlear Implant Programme from its inception in 1989 until 2004. There I developed methods of assessing and monitoring young children for implantation and a database to manage a cochlear implant programme. I have been published widely on the education of deaf children and on outcomes from implantation, and recently received my doctorate from the University of Nijmegen, cum laude, on the subject of Deaf Education: changed by cochlear implantation?. I am now Chief Executive of The Ear Foundation, leading its programme of support, information, education and research to ensure the maximum benefit from the latest hearing technologies at home, school and work.


Amanda Casey, Aston University

Amanda Casey member of the consultant approved hearing centre advisory panel

I have worked in audiology as a Hearing Therapist for 20 years and now specialise in the rehabilitation of balance patients at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. I am the Director of Audiology Programmes at Aston University and also the vice chair of the Registration Council of Clinical Physiologists. In 2008 I was awarded the BAA Jos Millar Prize for contributions to the BAA magazine and am an Associate Editor of ENT & Audiology News.


Rony Ganguly, Pindrop Hearing

Rony Ganguly member of the consultant approved hearing centres advisory panelI am a graduate of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) where I obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering. I then went on to obtain a Masters degree in Audiological Science from University College London (UCL), qualifying in 1999. After qualifying I worked at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital as an Audiologist, then went on to Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, where I worked as an Audiological Scientist for the next seven years. During this time I was awarded the Certificate of Audiological Competence (CAC) by the British Academy of Audiology, following a rigorous period of clinical evaluations and written examination. This lead to my registration with the Health Professions Council as a Clinical Scientist in Audiology, the highest level of clinical qualification achievable as an Audiologist in the UK. In 2005 I returned to University College London to work as a Lecturer in Audiology at the UCL Ear Institute where he lectured both BSc and MSc Audiology students, many of whom are working as qualified Audiologists in NHS Hospitals or Private clinics in London today. I now run Pindrop Hearing, a private Audiology practice, based at 107 Harley Street, which is seen as one of the leading independent Audiology practices in the UK. But I also consult from the Spire Bushey Hospital in Hertfordshire and The Chelsea Outpatients Centre, 280 Kings Road.


Barry Downes, Amplifon UK

Barry Downes member of the consultant approved hearing centres advisory panelI have been involved in the independent hearing care sector since1977. After passing both Hearing Aid Council and BSHAA Fellowship examinations in 1978, I practised as a Hearing Aid Audiologist until, in the early 1980s, I became increasingly involved in training programmes both for my employer and for the professional body, BSHAA. In addition to being a long serving member of the BSHAA Council, I am now its President and also Chair of the BSHAA Education & Professional Practice Committee. I have long associations with the independent sector’s regulators and has served as a member of the Hearing Aid Council and its Examining Board until a few years before the Council’s abolition in 2010. I am currently a Panel Member and a Registration Assessor for the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I am also a member of the BSA Professional Practice Committee and the BSA Adult Rehabilitation Interest Group and my current occupation is Professional Services and Clinical Governance Manager for Amplifon UK.


Curtis Alcock, Broom Reid & Harris

Curtis Alcock member of the consultant approve hearing centres advisory panel

I have over 12 years' experience in hearing care and runs an independent hearing care practice in Devon. I founded the online think tank for hearing called Audira which seeks to modernise society's attitudes to hearing care through "client-focused best practice" and by redefining the relationship the profession has with the public through its language, messages and interactions. I have been invited to speak internationally in Denmark, Canada, the United States and Europe, as well as at professional conferences in the United Kingdom.


Dr. Greg Nassar, Au.D MSc

Greg Nassar member of the Consultant approved hearing centres advisory panel

I received my MSc in Audiological Science from The University of Manchester in 1996 and since then have been working as a Principal Clinical Scientist (Audiology) for the NHS and privately in the North West. I began his NHS career at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital before working for over 10 years in South Manchester, during which time I was seconded to The University of Manchester on the MCHAS programme. I received his Doctor of Audiology (Au.D) in 2008 and was appointed Head of Audiology Services in Trafford in the summer of 2010. Clinically I have worked in all areas of Audiology and my main clinical and research interests are in paediatrics and adult audiology. I have been practising privately for over 10 years and dispensing hearing aids since 2005.


Robert Rendell, Clinical Scientist and Hearing Aid Dispenser

I am a Fellow of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA) and am registered with the Health Professions Council as both a Clinical Scientist and a Hearing Aid Dispenser. I have been practicing for over thirty years and am committed to providing a thorough and professional service. I  hold regular audiology and hearing aid sessions in the out-patients department of the Winfield Hospital, in Gloucester, and the Nuffield Hospital, in Cheltenham. I also run independent short courses and CPD days, and is currently a member of the teaching team for the Foundation Degree course at Mary Hare School.


Chris Daffy, Customer Service Expert

I have more than 26 years experience with sales, marketing and management, of which my early career was spent working in the engineering, chemical and service industries. In the 1980’s I formed a marketing services and consultancy business that grew to 14 offices throughout the UK. In 1990, I embarked on a freelance career and am now a successful business consultant and popular speaker at seminars, conferences and company meetings. Working regularly with the Manchester Business School, covering a variety of senior management training programmes, I help to organise and run the annual MBS Study Tour of UK Service Excellence. I am also a founding partner of The Marketing Group, who provide a business consultancy service. I also wrote the UK’s best-selling book on customer service, “Once a Customer – Always a Customer”, which was the foundation for a new venture by Britannia Building Society. In 1997 they opened a mortgage shop called “Simply Mortgages” based on Chris’s book, and the shop was highly successful, outselling their top branch office by three times.



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