HCIA Board

Ashley Wilson AM

HCIA Chairman

Senior Executive & Director of Audika

Ashley Wilson AM

Ashley has over 30 years of managerial experience in Manufacturing & Retail, and extensive experience in change management and organisational reengineering. Ashley has over 40 years of leadership & managerial experience in Manufacturing & Retail in the healthcare sector, and extensive experience in change management . Ashley has worked as a senior manager in USA publicly listed companies and has extensive experience working in S.E. Asia and the USA. He has led a significant number of acquisitions and mergers in the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Ashley has held leadership roles and senior management roles in several $150 million+ companies throughout his career.

  • Graduate and Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors.
  • Former board member Australian Health Industries Inc.
  • Past President of Hearing Aid Manufacturer & Distributors Association of Australia.
  • Current Deputy Chair Hearing Health Sector Alliance
  • A former member of the Federal Minister for Aged Care Hearing Consultative Committee.
  • The former Chairperson of Diving Australia (National Olympic Sports Federation) and board member
  • The former Chair of South Australian Aquatic Sports Coalition.
  • The former President of Diving South Australia.
  • A published author on sports historical topics
  • Awarded A member in the order of Australia for services to Hearing & Sport.
  • Recipient Australian Sports Medal.

Michelle Lawson

HCIA Board

Managing Director Audiological Care Australia at Sonova

Michelle Lawson. HCIA Board Member

Michelle Lawson’s great passion is fostering new ways to empower clients with control over health care decisions — in order to aid health care compliance and lifestyle changes.

Over the past 20 years, she has led transformational business teams across pharmacy, optometry, veterinary, and audiology.

In November 2019, Michelle took the mantle as director of Sonova’s Australian Audiological Care division. This move puts her in charge of Connect Hearing and Blamey Saunders Hears.

Michelle brings a focus on hearing industry transformation to the HCIA Board, backed by her strong understanding of the sector and the people it serves. She is keen to ensure hearing service provision evolves and remains competitive.

Inside her own business Michelle is committed to increasing the accessibility of hearing care—modernising the client experience to one of self-development and personalisation.

Michelle has received numerous accolades and awards in honour of her commitment to innovation. Her most memorable include the 2018 UK Tech Rocketship’s Special Judges Award and the Runner Up Businesswoman of the Year Award in 2007.

In 2018, Michelle’s team won the Australian Good Design of the Year Award for Facett, a modular hearing aid. They also received the top award at the government-sponsored iAwards for their digital hearing care delivery system.

Nina Quinn

HCIA Board

Managing Director, Neurosensory

Nina Quinn

Nina Quinn is the Managing Director of Neurosensory. As a recognised leader in her field, Nina’s wealth of experience and strong track record of delivery has seen Neurosensory expand from a local Queensland business to one that stretches across the eastern seaboard with 25 clinics supporting over 65 ENT surgeon partners.

In addition to her MD role, Nina provides guidance to smaller commercial ventures through non–Executive Director capacity, and represents the broader hearing and health industry through various committees and task forces.

As a HCIA Board member, Nina is committed to ensuring clinically appropriate hearing healthcare services are accessible to everyone irrespective of age or where they live; developing, valuing, and growing clinical hearing healthcare professionals to enhance the quality and accessibility of hearing services in Australia; and fundamentally a commitment to lifetime hearing healthcare for Australians.

Nina has a MBA, and is a qualified Audiologist with a Bachelor of Science. She is also a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Flavio Paoli

HCIA Board

Managing Director of Amplifon Australia

Flavio Paoli - Managing Director of Amplifon Australia

Flavio Paoli is the Managing Director of Amplifon Australia. Amplifon Australia is the largest private provider of hearing health services and is a founding member of the Hearing Care Industry Association.

Flavio holds a degree in Business Applied Economics and Marketing from Victoria University of Technology, and he started his career in 1993 as Sales Representative at Nestlé Australia, where he covered roles of increasing responsibility until becoming National Category Manager.
In 2000, Flavio joined Mattel as Senior National Account Manager, where he was appointed Managing Director eight years later. In 2011, Flavio took over the role of Managing Director Australia & New Zealand at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and in 2019 he joined TCC Distributors as Managing Director & Executive Board Director to lead the Company development.

HCIA also has the following members:

Eron Plumb

HCIA Member

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Bay Audio Australia Pty Ltd

Eron Plum

Eron Plumb is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Bay Audio Group. He is an experienced senior retail executive with over 30 years of experience having worked with some of Australia’s most successful and leading retail brands. Eron started his retail career with Coles Supermarkets. He then went onto hold various management and leadership positions in 3 of the retail divisions in Wesfarmers (previously Coles Myer) culminating in managing and leading the Harris Technology business through a successful turnaround before being approached to join Bay Audio. Eron’s passion for customer outcomes has been a driving force behind his career growth and he is responsible for all Bay Audio Group companies.

Joel Elliot

HCIA Member

Managing Director Retail ANZ, WSAudiology

Joel Elliot MD WSAudiology

Joel is the Managing Director of WSAudiology Retail for Australia & New Zealand (bloom hearing specialists) having been appointed to the role in 2020. With over 15 years’ experience in the industry, Joel’s background is extensive in audiology having begun his career as a clinical audiologist and subsequently working across both retail and wholesale audiology businesses in multiple different roles.

With his extensive experience across various areas of the Industry Joel is passionate about consumer education and experience.

Joel has an executive MBA from Monash University which he overlays with his Audiology Masters and Science degrees.