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Lifetime achievement award for Karen Finch

Karen Finch

Former BSHAA president Karen Finch has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from one of the UK's leading health governing bodies.

Karen - a Fellow of BSHAA and the founder and managing director of The Hearing Care Centre - was presented with the prestigious award for her work in the audiology profession at the British Health Trades Association (BHTA) Awards - an annual celebration of excellence in the healthcare marketplace.

The award comes in the 20th anniversary year of The Hearing Care Centre. From humble beginnings in 1998, Karen now employs a team of almost 30 employees and provides top-level hearing care from a network of 26 centres across Suffolk. Karen was commended by the BHTA for her dedication to the high quality of her team and investment in the people she works with, allowing them to develop their own careers, and helping all of them to make a success of the business.

Karen was also recognised for the work she does in the local community to promote hearing health, and the company’s fundraising for many local and national charities including Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Karen said: "Being recognised by a peer group like the BHTA is incredibly validating for me and our entire team at The Hearing Care Centre. The whole board were involved in the decision process and I truly appreciate that the BHTA takes a thoughtful approach to highlight the audiology sector professionals. As I think of other Lifetime Achievement recipients who preceded me, and the impact they’ve had in their health organisations and in the wider community, I am very grateful to rank among them. But I do hope they don’t think I have achieved everything I want to achieve – I’m not ready to go home and retire. I’m not done yet!”

BSHAA president Sarah Vokes said: "Karen is an inspiration to so many people, so I'm delighted to see her magnificent contribution to our profession rewarded with this Lifetime Achievement Award."

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