ADVOCATING ON YOUR BEHALF
Our Board Members are owners of small, independent hearing care businesses
who generously donate their time to HBA
Gayle, a founding member of HBA, returned to the Board in 2020 and was appointed Chair in March 2021. She is a director of her family-owned audiology practice in South East Queensland, which has been in operation since 1992. She has been actively involved in the profession since the 1970s, and started her career in Victoria before moving to Queensland in 1988. As well as holding key positions in other peak professional bodies since moving to Queensland, Gayle was in the first group of Audiometrists to attain a Bachelor of Audiometry from the University of New England.
Don is a founding member of HBA and, since 2016, did a sterling job as our first Chair.
On his retirement from the Board in November 2021, we thank him for his drive and dedication, not only in launching HBA but steering it to its current role as a peak hearing industry organisation.
Josephine Khairy, BBus Acc, Aud, MHAAA
Josephine is a founding Member of HBA, and has been a Director of a private hearing care practice since the business was established over 20 years ago. After qualifying and working in Audiometry, she attained a Bachelor in Accounting with a sub-major in Financial Planning, which she acquired to complement the business skills required to efficiently run a small business in the hearing health care sector.
Lilian is a Speech Pathologist and Audiologist with experience in clinical roles in private practice, vertical integrated clinics, hospital settings, independent clinics, as well as corporate roles. She comes from Brazil and lived in the United States, Germany and New Zealand before moving to Australia in 2006. She is director of a family-owned independent hearing clinic in country Victoria, working mostly with adult rehabilitation.
Diana Bienvenu, MA (Audiology), MAudA (CCP)
Diana is passionate about the role small business plays in our industry as well as the importance of providing individualised client-focussed hearing care. She joined the HBA Board in 2020. Following her audiology degree in the USA in 1976, she provided diagnostic audiology services to people throughout Northeast Victoria for many years. In 1998, Diana and her husband Fred formed an independent audiology practice in Northeast Victoria to continue the tradition of high-quality hearing care, both diagnostic and aural rehabilitation, for all members of their community.
Nicole Bowden, B.Sc, Dip.Aud., MAudA (CCP)
Nicole is the principal audiologist and manager of an independent hearing care provider, with over 30 years experience. Since completing tertiary qualifications at the University of Melbourne in 1991, she is dedicated to improving hearing health delivery. She is a member of Audiology Australia, and advocates for small business audiologists and audiometrists. She believes in independent hearing clinics across Australia, what they stand for, and what they can offer. Nicole is recognised as an industry key opinion leader for independent practices and for her forward-thinking and progressive approach to hearing care.
Jane MacDonald, BSC., DipAud., MAud. SA, (CCP)
Chief Executive Officer
Jane is an Audiologist and independent hearing care business co-owner, employing a team of Audiologists and Audiometrists across five practices in rural Victoria and NSW. With over 35 years’ experience in the hearing health sector, she has also worked with HBA since September 2018. She is a passionate advocate in pursuit of ethics in the hearing care industry, for equitable opportunity and the support of small businesses, while also understanding the challenges of clinical service delivery in rural settings. Jane has worked in diagnostic audiology in public hospitals in Australia and the UK, and in neonatal diagnostic audiology and adult rehabilitation in rural Australia, as well as mentoring many graduate intern Audiologists and supporting Audiology students through student clinical placements.
Business Support Manager
Stephen is a founding member of HBA and worked as Company Secretary and Board Director prior to his appointment as Business Support Manager in June 2020. His more than 20 years' experience in Australian and UK health care includes 12 years as a Sivantos Business Unit Manager working primarily with the independent hearing care sector. His broad academic qualifications include nursing, an RMIT University, Master of Business Administration (MBA) Distinction, University of Queensland Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com), Accounting and Business/Management. He is a business consultant whose focus is supporting small-to-medium hearing care businesses.