We are extremely proud that Managing Director and founder of The Hearing Care Centre Karen Finch was invited to an event celebrating Suffolk's inspiring women
Earlier this year, local newspapers East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star asked its readers for their nominations to compile a list of 100 the most inspirational women in Suffolk.
Readers were asked to consider women who are positive role models for future generations, and women who have achieved success in a diverse range of fields from business, the arts, sport and education to the third sector.
A huge number of nominations were made, a following some tough deliberation from the judges, the top 100 women were invited to a special luncheon at Milsoms, Kesgrave Hall to celebrate their achievements.
One of the esteemed ladies nominated on the list was our very own Karen Finch (Managing Director and founder of The Hearing Care Centre. Karen (who leads a team which includes 20 ladies) was thrilled to have been selected:
“To be recognised in this way is very special and to have been named amongst this list of incredible women is an honour.”
The judges' comments were:
"Born in Ipswich, Karen attended Northgate Grammar School for Girls and Suffolk College before a career in commerce. In 1991 she joined a local hearing company, was promoted to practice manager and company secretary, and then moved to the NHS to develop a new clinical audit department.
In 1996 she trained as an audiologist. Within two years, then a single mum of two boys, she had re-mortgaged her home and set up her business, The Hearing Care Centre, in Ipswich from scratch. Since then the business has grown to employ a staff of 29, six years ago moving from its old site in High Street, Ipswich to a new location in Upper Brook Street. This has meant a massive financial investment in providing the latest high-tech facilities in modern tranquil surroundings.
In addition to this latest centre Karen has developed 26 outreach centres across Suffolk and Norfolk, and a fully equipped 7m mobile hearing unit.
Karen has won an accolade of awards over the last 15 years including three national titles and for her services to audiology. She is a strong supporter of charity work locally, has raised £50,000 for the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Charity and is an active Ipswich East Rotarian and an Inner Wheeler.
Her current overseas project is a school for hearing impaired children in Rwanda, where in 2019 she has plans to go and fit as many of the children with hearing aids as possible, training a hearing assistant in the maintenance of hearing aids for the future.
Karen is an energetic member of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists. She has served a two-year term as national president and recently stepped down from chair of the annual congress organising committee, chair of the communications committee and a member of the national council after 13 years. Karen is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts."
Our team at The Hearing Care Centre is made up of over 20 incredible women, and led by one of Suffolk's 100 inspiring women. The EADT has triumphed in creating this event to give women in Suffolk the platform to celebrate their success.
Click here to see the Ipswich Star's article with full details of all 100 women nominated.
*Picture and Judges comments taken from EADT