About Us

Meet the people behind HearingDirect

  • Joan McKechnie

    Joan McKechnie Audiologist Email Joan

    Joan entered the Hearing Aid Industry in 2001, after completing her honours degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Cape Town (where she has also lectured). Her most recent role has been dedicated to hearing aid development for one of the World's leading manufacturers. Joan is HCPC Registered (Health Care Professions Council).

  • Stuart Canterbury

    Stuart Canterbury Director of HearingDirect.com Email Stuart

    Stuart has 14 years’ hearing industry experience, most recently as Managing Director of one of the UK's leading hearing aid manufacturers. He worked extensively with the National Health Service, playing a pivotal role in supporting the Modernising of Hearing Aid Services programme alongside the Royal National Institute for the Deaf. He has also worked in close conjunction for several years with most of the large retail chains including Boots, Amplifon and Scrivens.

  • Gary Hill

    Gary Hill Director of HearingDirect.com Email Gary

    Gary comes from 6 years’ experience in manufacturing at one of the UK’s leading brand of Hearing Aids, most recently as Marketing Director and has an extensive understanding of what the public is looking for as regards hearing assistance.

  • Alex Fortescue

    Alex Fortescue Director of HearingDirect.com

    Alex is a serial investor in consumer facing businesses. He spent 10 years at Apax the global private equity giant where he was head of their consumer practice. During his tenure at Apax, Alex led the multimillion pound investments in New Look, Somerfield and Focus Wickes. He left Apax last year and now focuses on investing in smaller, higher growth consumer businesses. When he is not doing this, he is most probably sailing.