Ashley Wilson AM
Managing Director, HearingLife
Ashley has over 30 years of managerial experience in Manufacturing & Retail, and extensive experience in change management and organisational reengineering. Ashley has worked as a senior manager in USA publicly listed Sarbanes Oxley Standard companies and has extensive experience working in Asia and the USA. He has managed 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. Ashley is:
- A Graduate and Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors.
- A former board member Australian Health Industries Inc.
- A former President of Hearing Aid Manufacturer & Distributors Association of Australia.
- 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.
Managing Director – Retail, Oticon Australia Pty Ltd
Janet’s career spans 21 years in the professional leadership and management of large-scale health care businesses. She has led large teams of people to significantly grow health businesses through service innovation and support of professional teams. She consistently improves financial performance, and maintains a rigorous commitment to governance and management strategies to mitigate risk. Janet has considerable expertise working in regulated health markets, working closely with governments to improve healthcare services and standards, and with stakeholders and consumers to maintain trust and confidence in world class professional healthcare standards.
At Oticon Australia Pty Ltd (known in the retail marketplace as Audika), Janet is responsible for growth, innovation and the transformation of the unified retail hearing health network of Audika retail clinics in both Australia & New Zealand. Prior to Oticon Australia, Janet was the Group General Manager Strategy at St Vincent’s Health Australia, Group Manager Strategic Development at St John of God Health Care, and held several roles at St John of God Pathology including National Operations Manager and Director of Finance.
Managing Director Audiological Care Australia at Sonova
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.
General Manager, Australia of National Hearing Care
Liliana Comitini was appointed as General Manager, Australia of National Hearing Care which is part of the Amplifon Group. Liliana has been with Amplifon for 10 years, most recently as General Manager for Amplifon Spain and Portugal where she has been responsible for leading a team of 650 people with 320 clinics. Prior to this position Liliana was the Commercial Director for Amplifon Italy for 5 years.
Liliana has worked for the last 25 years as a leader in retail organisations across Marketing, Sales and Commercial positions and has a degree in Law from the University of Catania, an MBA from ISDA, Roma, and further Advanced Management studies from IESE in Barcelona. She speaks fluent Italian, Spanish and English.
Liliana’s deep commercial and retail expertise along with her passion for customer centricity and her strong values driven leadership style will enable her to lead National Hearing Care into the next phase of its growth and success. Liliana will commence with NHC in January 2019.
HCIA also has the following members:
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Bay Audio Australia Pty Ltd
Eron Plumb is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Bay Audio Group (Australia & Singapore). He is an experienced senior retail executive with over 28 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 as its Australian head. Eron’s passion for customer outcomes has been a driving force behind his career growth and he now is responsible for all Bay Audio Group companies.
Chief Executive Office, Neurosensory
Nina Quinn was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Neurosenosry in 2008. 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 and over 65 ENT surgeon partners. In addition, under her leadership, Neurosensory successfully transitioned Neurosensory to be a public (unlisted) company.
Prior to Neurosensory, Nina was the inaugural Clinical Director of Neuromonics Pty Ltd (2004-2007) and was integral in taking the venture capital start-up to its international launch. She has also held several senior management roles at Australian Hearing (1997-2003).
In addition to her role as Chief Executive Officer, 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.
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.
APAC Retail CEO WSA
Chris is the APAC Retail CEO for the newly formed WS Audiology (WSA). WSA was formed in 2019 after the merge of Danish owned Widex and Singapore headquartered Sivantos businesses. In 2016, Chris was appointed as the APAC retail CEO for Widex. In Australia, Chris leads a number of hearing healthcare brands with bloom™ hearing specialists the largest network. Chris has over 25 years commercial experience across Australia, Asia and Europe. Chris has lead large commercial teams and businesses in both media and financial services industries. A customer advocate, Chris leads a team orientating around customers’ demands for best in class hearing healthcare. Chris holds a Bachelors of Business and completed Executive Finance program at INSEAD (France).