Our course leaders

When you enrol onto the Let’s Listen and Talk programme, we will assign you with a course leader who will be your main point of contact as you work through the programme. You may also receive input from our course advisers with specialist skills, knowledge and experience.

What your course leader will do

Your course leader is there to support you as you help your child learn to listen and talk using this programme, and answer any questions you might have.

They will use the feedback you send us about your child’s progress to provide tailored advice about how best to develop all areas of your child’s communication skills.

Getting to know each family and their deaf child, our course leaders bring The Elizabeth Foundation’s many years of experience and expertise to families who cannot reach our family centre on a regular basis.

Meet our course leaders and advisers

Between them, our course leaders and advisers have extensive experience in providing support to families and helping pre-school deaf children learn to listen and talk. Many also have close family experience of caring for a deaf child.

Katie Tufnell - Professional Lead, Let's Listen and TalkKatie Tufnell – Professional Lead

Katie is the parent of a young deaf adult, and provides knowledgeable support to families and professionals enrolled on the Let’s Listen and Talk programme with the backing of the specialist team here at The Elizabeth Foundation.



nicki-sharpleyNicki Sharpley – Nursery Leader

Nicki leads the provision of our nursery services for toddlers (aged 18 month to 2½ years) at The Elizabeth Foundation’s family centre in Hampshire, supporting young deaf children and their families.



Rachel Mills – Teacher of the Deafrachel-mills

Rachel is a Teacher of the Deaf for preschool children (2½ years to 5 years old) at our family centre in Hampshire. Together with the other members of our teaching team, Rachel provides evidence-based classroom activities to develop each child’s listening and communication skills.


charlotte-emeryCharlotte Emery – Speech and Language Therapist

Charlotte is our qualified Speech and Language Therapist helping our pre-school deaf children learn to listen and speak. Charlotte is a registered member of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).


julie-hughesJulie Hughes – Chief Executive

Julie provides overall leadership to The Elizabeth Foundation, and oversees the provision of the Let’s Listen and Talk programme. Julie also has many years of experience as a speech and language therapy practitioner, including supporting the needs of babies and young children with additional and complex needs and/or multiple diagnoses.


staff-hh-150wHoward Hurd – Digital Media Manager

Howard created the Let’s Listen and Talk website and is responsible for developing, updating and maintaining the website, and dealing with enquiries relating to the website and online subscriptions.


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