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 until he retired from that post in March 2021. He is director of a family-owned, independent audiology practice. He and his wife Jane, an Audiologist and co-director, provide hearing care to Victorian, NSW and South Australian rural communities. After managing small businesses for over 25 years, Don re-trained, qualified as an Audiometrist in 2006, and he also manages their practice's business operations.
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 completed her Masters degree in Audiology at the University of Denver in 1976. She has worked in Northeast Victoria since 1978, initially for the Department of Health at the base hospital in Wangaratta. During the following 20 years, Diana travelled to most towns in the region, delivering a locally based audiology service, primarily aimed at the paediatric population. She and her husband began their private audiology practice in 1998.
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 owner, with over 35 years in our industry. She works tirelessly as a passionate advocate in pursuit of ethics in the hearing care industry, and for the support of small businesses. Jane has worked in diagnostic audiology in public hospitals in Australia and the United Kingdom, and in adult rehabilitation and neonatal diagnostic audiology in remote rural Australia.
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 academic qualifications include nursing and an RMIT Executive MBA. He is a business consultant whose focus is supporting small-to-medium hearing care businesses.