Our people

Our people


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 its Treasurer in December 2016, to put his accountancy qualification to good use for a worthy cause. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and works as Finance Director for a multi-disciplinary construction consultancy based in South London. His career has spanned a variety of sectors, based both in the UK and overseas; with the largest part of his career having been the 19 years he spent with the construction and facilities management group, Carillion plc, up until 2015. He worked in various finance roles at Carillion; the final four years spent as Finance Director for its design consultancy business.


David Greenberg BSc, PhD

David is the Founder and CEO of the company EAVE. He was previously an NHS Clinical Audiologist and Research Audiologist in hearable medical device and clinical trials exploring causes and cures for hearing loss and tinnitus before focussing on Occupational Hearing Conservation. Following a PhD in Auditory Neuroscience focussing on communication in noise, he taught at the UCL School of Audiology and UCL Medical School. He founded EAVE to eliminate the isolation and loneliness that is often associated with hearing loss. EAVE has developed a solution for controlling the risk of noise in industrial businesses. The solution utilises connected devices able to provide real-time data and predictive analytics on noise in the environment. When he is not working, David 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.

Dr. Priya Carling

Dr Priya Carling, AuD trained as a Speech-language therapist and audiologist in South Africa, and completed her AuD through an American university in Florida.  She has over 20 years’ clinical and management experience in both the private and public sectors, primarily in the UK.  Over the past 7 years, she has been Director of Education and a Senior Lecturer at UCL’s Ear Institute in London.  Prior to this she was Head of service at the Bupa Cromwell Hospital in London, and Head of Audiology at East Kent NHS Foundation Trust. Her research experience includes clinical trials of interventions (device and pharmacological) for hearing loss and tinnitus, and interests include global hearing health, noise-induced hearing loss prevention, and education for improving patient outcomes through high quality service delivery. Priya is a sections editor for a clinical publication in ENT and Audiology. She now runs her own clinical practice and consultancy in Kent, delivering continuing education, consultancy and research services to the private and commercial sectors, both nationally and globally.

Kathy Owston

Kathy has been a Teacher of the Deaf for 36 years in a wide range of settings and countries. She works for the Hearing Implant Team at St Thomas’ Hospital London, supporting children who have had, and are under assessment for, hearing implants. She joined the Team at St Thomas’ in 2008. Her responsibilities include the educational assessment and rehabilitative management of deaf children who have received auditory implants. She does outreach visits to homes and educational settings. She provides classroom observation assessments and provides training to staff in both mainstream and special schools throughout the South of England. Her team provide a bridge between the children seen in clinic, and their home and school environments, providing specialist educational advice and rehabilitation.  Kathy recently spent three years on a career break in Nicaragua, where she was immersed in the challenges of educational provision for deaf children in the poorest country in Latin America. From 1997 to 2000 she worked as an Educational Audiologist in Zimbabwe, at Emerald Hill School for the Deaf in Harare. Kathy was on the NEC of BAToD (The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf) for 6 years. She was a Board Member of Mayflower Medical Outreach MMO, who work with deaf children and train Audiologists in Nicaragua, from 2016 until 2018.