We are able to deliver our projects due to the commitment and enthusiasm of our trustees, staff and volunteers.
Kavita Prasad – CEO
Kavita became Sound Seekers’ CEO in June 2018. She has been spearheading the Programmes at Sound Seekers since she joined in January 2017 as Head of Programmes, in which time our programmes work has gone from strength to strength. She now leads Sound Seekers as CEO into the next phase of our growth and development. Kavita has over 10 years’ experience in programme management and development as well as extensive technical expertise on disability inclusion, having previously worked with disability-focused organisations, including Handicap International (now Humanity and Inclusion) and Leonard Cheshire Disability. Prior to joining Sound Seekers, Kavita was seconded by Handicap International to The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (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 and a Bachelors’ degree in Physiotherapy and has lived and worked in South Asia and the Middle East.
Tanya D’souza – Fundraising and Communications Manager
Tanya is our Fundraising and Communications Manager. She has worked in the charity sector for over seven 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.
Nicole D’Angelo – Finance and Office Manager
Nicole joined Sound Seekers as our Finance and Office Manager in January 2018. She has 25 years’ experience in administration, finance and HR and has worked in the charity sector for over three years. Prior to Sound Seekers, she worked for City Gateway, supporting the transformation of the lives of young people and women in our communities who are most impacted by social and economic inequality and exclusion. Originally from Germany, Nicole has been a resident in London for most of her adult life. As a keen traveller with an interest in charitable work, Sound Seekers was the perfect charity for her to join in 2018.
Meera Rajasooriar – Programme Manager
Meera joined the Sound Seekers team in July 2018 as Programme Manager. Her previous experience includes working for Crown Agents, an international development consultancy born out of the UK government, where her work spanned strategy, business development and communications. Before this, she worked within the Stabilisation Unit, based in the Foreign Commonwealth Office, deploying civilian experts to humanitarian crises to tackle instability overseas. She has always had a passion for international development work, so she’s excited to work with the team at Sound Seekers and see the impact of the work of our programmes on the ground, helping people with hearing loss. Her feet are constantly moving as she loves dancing and walking, and her challenge for 2019 is to read a book a week – wish her luck!
Bhavisha Parmar – Special Advisor (Audiology)
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, where she set up the Children’s Hearing Clinic at University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka (read her blog here) and since January 2018 Bhavisha has continued to volunteer for Sound Seekers as a Special Advisor on audiology.
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 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.
Sam Evans has been an Ambassador for Sound Seekers since 2014. Sam was the first deaf Big Brother winner and represented Sound Seekers as the presenter for our successful Radio 4 Appeal in 2015, which raised over £30,000 for our Hear in Malawi Campaign.
“I had the opportunity to visit Malawi with Sound Seekers and witnessed first-hand the devastating effects from deafness in the developing world. Having received all of the help and support I needed growing up severely deaf in the UK, I was shocked and saddened to see how different things are elsewhere in the world. Adults with hearing loss in developing countries across Africa are often unable to work, whilst children are isolated and ignored. I am extremely proud to work with Sound Seekers, who are really making a difference to these peoples’ lives, and building a future for audiology where previously there has been no hearing care provision at all.”
Signkid became an Ambassador for Sound Seekers in 2019. Signkid is the the UK’s first and only deaf music producer, writer and performer to have pioneered and developed a unique aesthetic by integrating and adapting British Sign language (BSL) signing into a visually based language suited specifically for live hip-hop music performance.