Caption: (L-R) Falklands Veteran Simon Weston CBE, Karen Finch and Lord Chris Rennard MBE

The founder and MD of one of East Anglia’s leading hearing care companies, The Hearing Care Centre, has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by one of the UK’s leading health governing bodies.

Karen Finch was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in the audiology profession at the British Health Trades Association (BHTA) Excellence Awards - an annual celebration of success in the healthcare marketplace.

This award comes at a pivotal point for Karen because this year marks the 20th anniversary 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 that she works with.

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 was overcome with emotion when she was presented with the award: “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 Achievements 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!”