Scientific Advisors



Catherine Best is Chair in Psycholinguistic Research, MARCS Auditory Laboratories, University of Western Sydney. Cathi has a particular interest in speech acquisition and the holistic anatomy of phoneme reproduction. Best has particular expertise in the ways children are ‘hard wired’ to explore unfamiliar sound and how they acquire phonetic mimetic reflexes across developmental ages. Her input has been key to helping us understand children’s hunger for vocal expansion. Learn more about Cathi.


Ruth Epstein is Head of Speech and Language Therapy services and Consultant Speech and Language Therapist at the Royal National Throat Nose & Ear Hospital, London, the NHS centre of excellence for ENT. She is the founder and Programme Director of the postgraduate MSc course in Voice Pathology at the Ear Institute, University College London, and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Boston USA. Dr Epstein is a past President of the British Voice Association and is on the Board of the World Voice Consortium. She has published extensively on various aspects of voice and voice therapy; her special interests are professional voice users, occupational dysphonia and neurolaryngology.   Learn more about Ruth.


Nimesh Patel MBChB MSc FRCS(ORL-HNS) is Consultant Ear Nose and Throat/ Head and Neck Surgeon, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust, Lymington New Forest Hospital and The Ear Nose and Throat Group; who has a particular interest in the relationship between emotional experience and its effects on vocal health. He has an interest in public outreach and has been featured on Channel 4’s “Embarrassing Bodies”. Learn more about Nimesh.