Meet the team


Bernard Watson – head of audiology

Bernard is the head of audiology at the Trust.

He obtained an MSc in audiology at the University of Southampton in 2000 and the Certificate of Audiological Competence in 2002. He has been a state registered clinical scientist since 2005.

From 2009 Bernard spent four years working in operational management and governance roles within Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust before making the decision to return to clinical audiology in late 2013.

Bernard maintains an interest in all areas of audiology but in recent years he has had a particular focus on paediatric audiology.


Diane Kane – clinical scientist and vestibular team lead

Diane has been part of the Southampton audiology team since 2001.

She obtained her MSc in Audiology in 1998 and completed further clinical training in Bournemouth where she obtained her Certificate of Audiological Competence in 2001.

She is the lead for vestibular services, overseeing the vestibular assessment and rehabilitation of adults, with a particular interest in BPPV cases. She also carries out adult diagnostic assessments such as auditory brainstem response (ABR) and speech testing.

Diane also works as part of the paediatric team carrying out assessments and hearing aid clinics along with ABR testing in clinic and theatre. 


Abby Milchard – clinical scientist and paediatric team lead

Abby is the team leader for the paediatric service and oversees education and training within the department.

She obtained a degree in biochemistry from the University of Bath in 1999 and an MSc in Audiology from the University of Southampton the following year.

Following clinical training in Leeds, she obtained her Certificate of Audiological Competence in 2001 and in 2003 she registered as a clinical scientist in audiology.

Abby has worked for the Trust since 2001 and has seen many of her paediatric patients with permanent hearing loss grow up through the service and finds great satisfaction from seeing them progress and achieve.

She has particular interests in complex cases and is looking to grow and develop the service here in Southampton.


Hannah Boniface – audiological scientist

Hannah studied biological sciences at University of Leicester before completing her Masters in Audiology at University of Manchester.

She started her career at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust in 2006 where she completed her CAC and worked in various roles including student coordinator.

After nine years she left Portsmouth to lead the community paediatric audiology service in Basingstoke while also developing her paediatric rehabilitation skills at Royal Hampshire County Hospital.

She finally completed the Hampshire audiology triangle by joining the team at University Hospital Southampton in 2019 where she continues to have an interest in paediatrics alongside developing the department’s ability to support adults with learning disabilities and dementia. 


Josie Chapman – clinical scientist

Josie qualified as an audiologist after completing her BSc at the University of Southampton in 2014 and joined the Scientist Training Programme (STP).

She completed her MSc in neurosensory sciences and registered as a clinical scientist in 2017.

She then worked in community paediatric audiology as a clinical scientist before joining the Trust in November 2018.

Josie works in paediatric and vestibular services and undertakes specialist hearing assessments.

She is also a supervisor for our STP students and plays a role in our accreditation work.


Tasmin Hannan – audiologist

Tasmin graduated with an Integrated Masters, MSci in Healthcare Science (Audiology) from the University of Southampton in 2017.

She spent time undertaking the clinical placement component of her course in Jersey in the Channel Islands.

She has since worked in adult community audiology in Southampton, carrying out clinic based and domiciliary adult rehabilitation work prior to commencing her role at the Trust.

Tasmin’s work here currently involves paediatrics and ENT support. She is also the infection control lead in the department.


Rachel Kidd – clinical scientist

Rachel obtained a degree in chemistry at the University of Southampton in 2010.

She subsequently worked as a postgraduate researcher before beginning the STP in 2012; completing her MSc in neurosensory sciences in 2015.

She then worked as an audiologist at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth before registering as a clinical scientist in 2016.

In 2016, Rachel also began working as a clinical scientist within the community paediatric audiology team while studying for her PhD at the University of Southampton.

She joined our team as a clinical scientist in paediatric and vestibular audiology in September 2019.


Sian Lloyd Jones – clinical scientist

Sian has been fascinated with audiology for more than half her life and was first employed as a clinical scientist over 25 years ago.

While she enjoyed working in all areas of audiology, she has specialised in paediatric audiology since 2004.

Sian worked within the Southampton community paediatric audiology team for 12 years before returning to the Royal South Hants audiology department in 2017.

She is currently involved in departmental accreditation and works part time.


Rosey Scott – clinical scientist

Rosey obtained a degree in biology from the University of Portsmouth and a Masters in Audiology from the University of Southampton.

Following the completion of her Masters in 2004, she worked in the audiology department at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

During her time there she obtained her Certificate of Audiological Competence and was responsible for co-ordinating the vestibular service, while also working in the paediatric and adult hearing service.

She has worked for the Trust since April 2019 in paediatric and vestibular audiology.


Annemarie Stubbs – hearing therapist

After obtaining a BSc in Human Biology at Loughborough University, Annemarie qualified as a hearing therapist and teacher of lip reading for adults in 1996 from the Cit Lit in London.

She started as a hearing therapist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital then joined the Trust in 1998.

Annemarie specialises in tinnitus management and helps many adult patients to cope with their tinnitus and hearing loss.


Lauren Summers – pre-registration clinical scientist

Lauren qualified as an audiologist in 2015 after completing her BSc and integrated Masters at the University of Southampton and has worked for the Trust since 2016.

She completed her paediatric Higher Training Scheme (HTS) module in 2019 and is currently completing her module in vestibular assessment and rehabilitation, with the view to register as a clinical scientist.

Lauren plays a key role in our service improvement projects and plays a role in our accreditation work.


Lesley Sutcliffe – audiologist

Lesley is our longest serving member of staff. She began her career at the Royal South Hants in 1970, in the original audiology department, as a hearing aid technician.

In 1984, Lesley qualified as an audiologist. Over the years, Lesley has cared for both adult and paediatric patients and assists on vestibular clinics.

She received her long service award in January 2019 for her commitment to the team.

Lesley “retired” in January 2019 but soon returned and continues to work in the department on a part-time basis. 


Jackie Young – clinical scientist

Jackie specialises in paediatric audiology and clinical research.

She obtained her Masters degree in Physics at Oxford University in 2002 and completed her Audiology MSc and CAC training in Southampton between 2003 and 2005.

She is registered with the HCPC as a clinical scientist and worked with our team until 2007 when she transferred to Southampton University to complete a PhD (2011) and teach on their audiology programmes.

She went on to lead the paediatric audiology service in Winchester for 8 years before returning to our team in July 2019.

She now co-ordinates our research activities and will lead our team in editing the Audacity magazine for the British Society of Audiology.

Administration staff

  • Jennifer Prior - office team leader
  • Lesley Joplin - clerical officer
  • Lena Lowther - medical secretary