Julia HodsonHonoured and delighted

It is just four years since the onset of my tinnitus. After diagnosis, I searched the internet for help and fortunately found the British Tinnitus Association. The knowledge I gained from their wealth of information really helped me. I am honoured and delighted to be elected as Chair, and to have the opportunity to work with the Trustees and the BTA team to work towards a world where no one suffers from tinnitus.

Peter will be a hard act to follow. His stewardship over the seven years he served as Trustee, Vice Chairman and finally Chairman allowed the BTA to make the step change necessary to equip it to succeed. He leaves the BTA in a much better place than he found it. He particularly championed the Support Groups, who are now flourishing, bringing help to those who struggle with tinnitus. I am sure everyone involved with the BTA would join me in thanking him for his service, and wish him well in the future.

Pursue research ... to find a cure

Helping others and keeping busy helps me manage my tinnitus, and I’m looking forward to exciting times ahead. We want to pursue research designed to find a cure and to help people manage their tinnitus. We also want to explore new ways of supporting people when and where they need it. We have not a moment to spare!

I'm a retired public servant who worked in local government and policing, where I rose to the rank of Chief Constable. I'm a coal miner’s daughter from the East Midlands and now live in Nottinghamshire. I also volunteer with Macmillan at Kings Mill Hospital.