UK professional bodies have new people at the helm


Sarah Vokes
Sarah Vokes ©BSHHA

November saw a changing of the guard for UK professional bodies with both the British Academy of Audiology and the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists changing the leaders of their organisations.

At the British Academy of Audiology conference in early November, Michelle Booth became the new President of BAA. Michelle’s day job is Clinical Lead for Adult Audiology at Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust in North Nottinghamshire. She has been an audiologist for almost 30 years and her specialist area of interest is tinnitus. Supporting Michelle in her one-year Presidency is her newly appointed vice president, Sue Falkingham.

At the end of November the two-year term of office for Peter Sydserff came to an end at the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologist’s Annual General Meeting. Sarah Vokes, an independent hearing aid dispenser and business owner, has been appointed as BSHAA’s new president; Sarah is the first woman to hold this office since Karen Finch 11 years ago. Sarah said of her appointment: “I feel proud and privileged to be given this opportunity to represent audiologists within BSHAA – a challenging role. One of my aims is to bridge the gap between the NHS and private sector and focus on what’s right for the patient.”