Nigel Williams MCIPS: Chairman
Nigel first joined the Board of Trustees in 2004 and remained as trustee of the newly formed Hearing Concern Link following the successful merger between Hearing Concern and the LINK Centre for Deafened People in 2008. Following the retirement of Stewart Simpson Nigel was honoured to take up the role of Chairman in 2011.
At the age of 16 Nigel contracted meningitis which left him profoundly deaf and over 20 years later successfully received a cochlear implant in 1993. Nigel lives in South Wales and is a founder member of the South Wales Cochlear Implant Support Group (SWCISG) and is currently Chairman of the National Cochlear Implant Users Association (NCIUA).
Nigel has had a long career with the NHS in Wales starting in 1976 and currently works as a Senior Procurement Manager with responsibility for a varied contract portfolio that requires interaction with a wide range of professionals both within the NHS and the Welsh Government who are responsible for the provision of health care in Wales.
Having had a very sudden and total hearing loss Nigel is passionate about ensuring that support is available to everyone who experiences hearing loss whatever the circumstances and is particularly keen to improve services for deafened adults in Wales and to extend the reach of Hearing Link to all parts of the UK. Nigel is a longstanding member of the All Party Deaf Group at the Welsh Assembly and worked closely with the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) during its work in assessing the benefits of cochlear implants.
Nigel is married to Helen, a GP Practice administrator and has two sons, Anthony who is a doctor practising in South Wales and Matthew who also works for the NHS in Wales as a hospital ward orderly. In 2015 Nigel became a proud grandfather to two granddaughters and now adds babysitting to a list of ways to relax!