We are able to deliver our projects due to the commitment and enthusiasm of our trustees, staff and volunteers.
Our core team of four are based in our head office at the UCL Ear Institute in Kings Cross in London and we have Volunteer Audiologists and Teachers of the Deaf in our project countries in Africa.
Emma Judge – CEO
Emma became the CEO in August 2015. She has more than 15 years experience of living and working in Africa, specialising in programme management and development, communications, capacity building and impact assessment. Before joining Sound Seekers, Emma ran her own development consultancy for 11 years delivering high quality, strategic services across East and Southern Africa for government agencies and NGOs including UKAID, USAID, Action Aid, Australian Volunteers International, HelpAge International, Marie Stopes International and Sight Savers International. For seven years, Emma operated the business from the shores of Lake Malawi. She witnessed first hand the challenges faced by deaf people, including children being excluded from school as a result of hearing loss from malaria or meningitis, and welcomes the opportunity to help increase the services and care available to them.
Kavita Prasad – Programme Manager
Kavita joined Sound Seekers in January 2017. She brings with her over 10 years of experience in programme management and development as well as technical expertise on disability inclusion. She has firsthand experience of working and living in South Asia and the Middle East and has worked with disability-focused organisations like Handicap International and Leonard Cheshire Disability previously. In her last role, before joining Sound Seekers, she was seconded by Handicap International to UNRWA to support the mainstreaming of disability in UNRWA programmes and services. She has a Masters’ degree in Public Health from the University of Leeds. Kavita is committed to working in the disability and development sector and looks forward to using her skills and experience in managing and further developing Sound Seekers’ programmes in Africa.
Sophie Goodacre – Finance Manager
Sophie is our Finance Manager. She graduated from Plymouth University with a Geography degree in 2012; with a particular interest in international development. Over the years, Sophie has travelled and volunteered extensively in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America. Sophie is profoundly deaf and has had a cochlear implant since she was 6 years old. She is delighted to be working in a charity organisation that is close to her heart. Sophie has been with Sound Seekers since September 2014 and has visited Zambia and Malawi projects in February 2016. She has completed her Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) Level 2 in November 2016.
Tanya D’souza – Fundraising Manager
Tanya is our Fundraising Manager. She has worked in the charity sector for over five years and has been a keen volunteer for many charities for ten years. Tanya began her career in fundraising working for Money Tree Fundraising, supporting the Director across different fundraising areas for a variety of charities. Tanya has worked for international NGO, Excellent Development as Trusts & Rotary Fundraising Manager to support dryland communities in Africa and India to increase their access to clean water. Before working as a fundraiser, Tanya was a Diagnostic Radiographer and some of the charities she has volunteered for include BHF, Middlesex Association of the Blind, Parkinson’s UK, OPEN Ealing and Coppafeel. Tanya is a keen traveller and photographer and her passion for international development and background in healthcare, made Sound Seekers the perfect charity for her to join in January 2017.
Dr Courtney Caron – Volunteer Audiologist in Malawi
Dr Courtney Caron, Au.D. is an American audiologist that has been working with Sound Seekers since July 2014. She was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from University of Nevada Reno in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 2009. Later that year, Dr. Caron began her graduate studies at Arizona State University. Humanitarian audiology is a passion of hers which started in 2012 when she travelled to Malawi for a month long audiology outreach service with her graduate university’s non-profit organisation Hearing for Humanity (HFH). During that time, she travelled with audiologists and other audiology students throughout Malawi providing humanitarian audiology services. She proceeded to graduate with her doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) from Arizona State University in 2013. She returned to Malawi in 2013 and 2014 with the same program as a professional. In July 2014 after completing the HFH mission, Dr. Caron remained behind to start her new position to establish a comprehensive audiology service in Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital with Sound Seekers. She will remain in Malawi until July 2018 where the service will be handed over to the first Malawian audiologists.
Bhavisha Parmar – Volunteer Audiologist in Zambia
Bhavisha Parmar graduated from University College London in 2012 with a BSc in Audiology and has since worked extensively with both the adult and paediatric population in both private and NHS sectors. Her most recent role was Senior Paediatric Audiologist with Hounslow and Richmond Community NHS trust where she lead hearing assessments of children and young people of all ages, fitted hearing aids and networked with a vast multidisciplinary team to ensure holistic and comprehensive care of children with hearing impairment as well as their families. She has recently completed her MSc in Advanced Audiology and has previously volunteered in India providing health camps with Raleigh International, fundraised for various charities by running marathons and organised events to raise awareness of hearing impairment. Throughout her experiences she has been inspired to link her passion of audiology and development work together and this lead her to volunteer with Sound Seekers for one year in Zambia from January until December 2017.
Jenny Buckley – Volunteer Teacher of the Deaf in Malawi
Jenny qualified as a science teacher in 2004 and taught in a secondary school in Greenwich where she delivered an alternative science curriculum for students with additional needs and advised the school on inclusive teaching practices. Jenny began working in the schools unit for deaf students in 2010 where she retrained as a Teacher of the Deaf. Jenny became the lead teacher in audiology, delivering training to staff on deaf awareness and has a level two signature certificate in British Sign Language. In January 2016 Jenny worked as an advisory Teacher of the Deaf for a local authority in London, where she worked with children and young people with hearing loss (aged 0-25 years) their families and education providers. She developed bespoke packages of support for individuals and their families including promoting resilience, understanding the diagnosis and maintaining equipment. Jenny delivered training to nursery’s, primary, secondary and special schools and colleges and worked collaboratively with Speech & Language Therapists and Audiologists. Jenny joined Sound Seekers as Volunteer Teacher of the Deaf in September 2017, and will be based in Malawi until June 2018 as the technical lead for the education component of the Comprehensive Audiology Services in Blantyre, where she will train Itinerant Special Needs teachers on the inclusion of children with hearing loss in mainstream schools and basic awareness on Primary Ear and Hearing Care.
Philip Shaw – Chair
After 30 years in the international publishing industry Philip now divides his time between being the Chair of Sound Seekers, advising on mergers and acquisitions through Bertoli Mitchell LLP, lecturing at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, and working with several other not-for-profit organisations.Philip has a first class degree from Cambridge University and a Masters in Business Administration from Cranfield University. For relaxation he grows food for the family on a small patch of land in Oxfordshire and keeps two dogs.
Steven Reekie – Treasurer
Steven joined Sound Seekers as a Trustee in December 2016. He works as Interim Head of Financial Accounting for NHS Property Services, a business wholly owned by the Department of Health, which manages, maintains and improves the NHS properties and facilities within its portfolio and provides strategic estates planning for NHS buildings and land. Prior to this he spent 19 years with the construction and facilities management group, Carillion plc, in various finance roles; his final four years spent as Finance Director of its design consultancy business.
Dr Denise Goldman BSc (Hons) PhD
Denise is the Manager of Strategic Partnering & Business Development at the UCL Ear Institute and has been working in the field of hearing loss for 5 years. Prior to this role, Denise worked at RNID/Action on Hearing Loss, the largest NFP worldwide for hearing loss and tinnitus, as the Translational Research Manager. Within both roles Denise has pursued her goal to bring together key stakeholders, including academics, clinicians, patients, funders and industry, to catalyse the development of treatments and cures for hearing loss and tinnitus. Denise holds a PhD in developmental and stem cell biology, and endocrinology from Monash University, Australia/Monash Institute of Medical Research (MIMR). Denise undertook postdoctoral research at MIMR in cell reprogramming and at the National Institute for Medical Research as an MRC Career Development Fellow researching genetic specificity in neural stem cells.
David Greenberg BSc, PhD
David works as a Research Associate at the UCL Ear Institute as part of the Advancing Binaural Cochlear Implant Technology (ABCIT) programme. His past includes working as an NHS Clinical Audiologist and as a Research Audiologist within medical device and pharmaceutical clinical trials, teaching at the UCL School of Audiology and UCL Medical School, as well as writing journal articles in the fields of cochlear implants, tinnitus, neurophysiology and psychophysics. He has been the Chairman of the Young Professionals arm of a charity in the field of emergency medicine and founded a Ltd company developing a communication platform for the deaf and the elderly. When he is not working, he is commonly found playing competitive Ultimate Frisbee. He enjoys contributing to a wide variety of projects and endeavours to bring an element of create problem solving and passion to everything he does.
Malcolm has been a teacher of the deaf for more than 40 years and, after being deputy head of a school for the deaf, working as head of education support services for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults in three different authorities (Bristol & Avon, Staffordshire and Birmingham), he retired in 2007.After driving overland to Gambia in 2004 to deliver hearing aids and audiological equipment, Malcolm found that that there were no qualified teachers of the deaf in the country, and no diagnostic audiology or specialist medical services for the deaf. Malcolm approached Sound Seekers to suggest they should provide a HARK vehicle and team to provide much needed audiology support. This recommendation was accepted and, after fundraising for the vehicle and provision of training for the Team, the Gambia HARK was launched in 2007. Malcolm has continued to work consistently in support of the work of Sound Seekers and remains an active member of the Project Committee. His involvement in Gambia means he has now visited the country more than 30 times, spending more than a year there in total, helping to develop, improve and maintain services for deaf children and adults.