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The British Society of Otology (BSO) is dedicated to the development of otology and the advancement of public education and research on hearing and balance in the United Kingdom. In addition to the BSO Annual meeting, the Society runs educational courses, maintaining professional development in the diverse fields of the sub-speciality.




The Society also has the role of advising ENT UK and the Department of Health on matters relating to otology and audiology. The BSO council is elected by BSO members and meets three times a year at the Royal Society of Medicine.




Membership of the Society is open to any otologist practising in the United Kingdom who is a member of ENT UK, with associate membership offered to trainees in otology and other professionals with an interest in the sub-specialty.

Overseas membership is offered to approved otologists practising abroad. Membership of the BSO is without charge. To download an application form please visit our membership page.



BSO Committee Members

Simon Lloyd - President of the British Society of Otology

Simon Lloyd

President of the British Society of Otology

Simon Lloyd is a neuro-otologist and skull base surgeon at the Manchester Royal Infirmary and Salford Royal Hospital. He is also Honorary Professor of Neuro-otology at the University of Manchester. His clinical practice focuses on skull base disease, auditory implantation, complex middle ear disease and neurofibromatosis type 2.


Peter Rea - Past President

Peter Rea 

Past President


Professor Peter Rea was appointed Consultant ENT Surgeon at University Hospitals of Leicester in 2004. He obtained a 1st at Cambridge University before completing his undergraduate medical studies in Oxford. He trained at The Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital in London before undertaking otology and paediatric Fellowships in Australia and the USA. He is now Chairman of the British Society of Neuro-otology ( and Chairman of the London Road Clinic in Leicester ( His special interests are in the management of vertigo and balance disorders, and middle ear surgery in children and adults. He runs an active middle and inner ear research program. He has run the successful Leicester Balance Course annually since 2004, and is regularly invited to lecture both in the UK and abroad.


Kay Seymour - Secretary

Miss Kay Seymour


Kay Seymour was appointed as Consultant ENT Surgeon at St Bartholomew's and The Royal London Hospitals in 2010. She studied medicine at Churchill College, Cambridge and trained in ENT in London, including at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, and the Cochlear Implant Unit at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital. She is interested in all aspects of otology and paediatric ENT and enjoys a varied clinical practice in both paediatrics and adults. She has a strong interest in education and training, and lectures nationally on ENT courses. She currently holds the posts of Honorary Treasurer of ENTUK, Treasurer of British Society of Otology and Council Member of Otology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine.


Peter Monksfield - Treasurer

Peter Monksfield


Peter Monksfield is a Consultant ENT Surgeon with a special interest in skull base surgery and hearing implants. He was appointed at the University Hospital Birmingham in 2010 and is also an honorary senior clinical lecturer at the University of Birmingham.

Peter graduated from the University of Manchester Medical School in 1997. Peter had ENT training in Oxford, London and completed higher surgical training in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Following this, he undertook advanced fellowship training in Neurotology and cochlear implant surgery at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne, Australia under the tutelage of Professor Robert Briggs.

Peter has a strong research interest in hearing loss and the use of implanted hearing devices.


Manohar Bance - Academic Secretary

Manohar Bance

Academic Secretary

Manohar Bance is an Otologist/Neurotologist and clinician-scientist at Cambridge University, and the inaugural Professor of Otology and Skull Base Surgery at the University of Cambridge, UK. Previously he was the Professor and Head of the Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck surgery at Dalhousie University until April 2017, where he was Director of the EAR and SENSE labs in the Division of Otolaryngology. Manohar is clinically active in middle ear surgery, cochlear implants, middle ear implants, eustachian tube disorder, skull base surgery and vestibular disorders with research interests in cochlear implant stimulation strategies, middle ear reconstruction and mechanics, bone conduction hearing, Eustachian tube disorders, gene and pharmacotherapy for inner ear disorders, and vestibular disorders. He has held several research grants in these areas, and is particularly involved in medical device development and translation.

He has over 130 peer reviewed publications, is a board member of the Politzer Society, a member of the American Otology Society, the American Neurotology Society, the Triological Society and the Collegium Otorhinolaryngologica Amicitiae Sacrum anda Council member of the RSM Otology section.  Manohar is also American sub-specialty board certified in Neurotology, and is an editorial board member of Otology-Neurotology, and the Journal of Advanced Otology.


Wendy Smith - Education Secretary

Wendy Smith

Education Secretary


Wendy Smith was appointed as an ENT Consultant at Kettering General Hospital in 2010. After studying BPharm at the University of Bath she obtained MBBS at King’s College School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1995. She completed her Specialist Registrar training in East Anglia. Her special interests are surgery for cholesteatoma including CATs and mastoid obliterations as well as managing patients with dizziness. She is a keen educator with roles as a F2P programme Director, teaching (including on East Anglia Temporal Bone Course) as well as a Royal College of Surgeons Examiner. 


Reshma Ghedia - AOT Rep

Reshma Ghedia






Alex Bennett - BSO Council member

Alex Bennett

BSO Council member

After I qualified from Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals, London I had extensive Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) training in London and East Anglia, including an Otology Fellowship in Cambridge (2008) and a Balance Fellowship in St Louis (2018). I was appointed an ENT consultant in Edinburgh in 2010. As my career has developed I have been appointed to the speciality group for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and to NHS committees for the development of national services, national procurement and consultant appointment.

I was awarded a Masters in Surgical Education from Imperial College, London with distinction and am appointed: Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh; Member of the Faculty of surgical Trainers, RCSEd and Clinical Supervisor, NHS Education for Scotland. I run two annual international courses accredited by the RCSEd: The Complete Ear Surgery Course and The Edinburgh ‘hands-on’ Balance Course.

My current research interest is in unilateral aural atresia having pioneered combining Hearing Implant Surgery with autologous reconstruction in the UK within the Scottish National Service. I am also currently the local PI on national studies into the genetics of cholesteatoma and PPPD. 


Ian Bottrill - BSO Council member

Ian Bottrill

BSO Council member

Ian obtained his medical degree from Southampton University in 1986. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) in 1991.

His initial ENT training was at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital (RNTNEH) and Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital in London. He then undertook a one year fellowship at Tufts University Medical School in Boston USA. This involved work on laser applications in ear surgery and work on treating Meniere's Disease.  He was appointed to his NHS consultant position at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury in 1997.  Although providing a service in all areas of outpatient and surgical ENT practice, Ian has a specialist interest in diseases of the ear. This includes childhood ear and hearing problems, surgery for ear infections, cholesteatoma, problems with the bones of hearing, otosclerosis and Eustachian tube problems. Ian has an interest in the treatment of patulous eustachian tube problems and receives worldwide referrals. He also has extensive experience in the treatment of Meniere's disease.


Simon Carr - BSO Council member

Simon Carr

BSO Council member

Simon Carr was appointed to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Bradford Royal Infirmary as a Consultant Otologist, Cochlear Implant and Skull Base Surgeon in 2018. He trained in Leeds and Sheffield, during which he undertook research, which culminated in the award of a MD degree.

After CCT, he undertook two clinical fellowships in Toronto, at Toronto General Hospital in neurotology and skull base surgery and at the Hospital for Sick Children in paediatric cochlear implantation.

I have presented at national and international meetings and have published 40 peer-reviewed papers and 10 book chapters. I am a regular faculty member on regional temporal bone courses as well as FRCS revision courses.

I am a member of the British Cochlear Implant Group and have recently been elected as a member of the British Society of Otology Council.


Arun Iyer - BSO Council member

Arun Iyer

BSO Council member

Mr Iyer is a consultant ENT surgeon & otologist at the University Hospital Monklands, Lanarkshire, Scotland and also Associate Professor (Hon) at the University of Glasgow.  He was trained in the Newcastle rotation and did Otology/Neurotology fellowship at Auckland City Hospital and Starship Children's Hospital, New Zealand. His special interests are endoscopic ear surgery, chronic otitis media especially mastoid cavity obliteration and management of dizziness. He is a executive board member of the international working group in endoscopic ear surgery (IWGEES).  Mr Iyer is the college surgical tutor & Education and professional training board member for Otolaryngology at the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow. He is the organiser of the Endoscopic ear surgery  course, emergency ENT dissection course, head & neck and emergency ENT course and the temporal bone dissection courses at Glasgow University.


Owen Judd - BSO Council member

Owen Judd

BSO Council member

Professor Owen Judd is Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon at the Royal Derby Hospital. He qualified from the University of Nottingham in 1998. His special interests are Otology and Laryngology, specifically balance problems, facial pain and migraine along with facial paralysis/weakness. He performs total endoscopic ear surgery for all aspects of his otology surgical practice. His research interests include migraine, balance problems and voice disorders and he has published over 60 scientific papers, 6 book chapters and two text books.  He teaches many medical students and junior doctors and holds an honorary academic position with the University of Nottingham as well as serving as their Clinical Sub-Dean.


Gerard Kelly - BSO Council member

Gerard Kelly

BSO Council member

Gerard Kelly trained in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London and carried out a fellowship year in neuro-otology under Professor R T Ramsden in Manchester.  His MD thesis was in research on the facial nerve.  He has researched the training of junior ENT surgeons and has a Masters of Education degree. He has a sub-specialist interest in otology and neuro-otology and is involved in the ENT UK Balance Course. He was the Otology Section Editor of the ENT UK e-learning project and past editor of the ENT UK Newsletter and his interests include totally endoscopic middle ear and mastoid surgery. 


Tim Mitchell - BSO Council member

Tim Mitchell

BSO Council member

Tim Mitchell is a Consultant ENT Surgeon at University Hospital Southampton. He has a subspecialty practice in otology and undertakes cochlear implant and other auditory implant surgery as part of the University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service.

He has a major interest in training and assessment. He was a member of the Specialist Advisory Committees in Otolaryngology and Audiovestibular Medicine from 2012-2017. He has regularly been involved with ENT National Selection and is a member of the organising committee for BACO 2020. He has been an MRCS examiner since 2004 and was Chair of the Court of Examiners at the Royal College of Surgeons of England from 2014-2017, with experience of examining in the UK, Egypt, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

Mr Mitchell is a member of the Council of the British Society of Otology. In 2017, he was elected to the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, where he chairs the Learning Committee and Future Surgeons Forum. He has been elected as Vice President of RCS Eng from 2020-2023.

He has been a strong advocate for equality through the recruitment of female surgeons as MRCS examiners and through the support of Women in Surgery and Women in ENT Surgery. He is one of only 5 men to be awarded Honorary Membership of the Medical Women’s Federation.


David Strachan - BSO Council member

David Strachan

BSO Council member


David Strachan was appointed as a Consultant ENT Surgeon at Bradford Royal Infirmary in 2000 and has a special interest in Otology and specifically Cochlear Implantation and Implantable devices. He trained in the Yorkshire Regional Rotation with 2 specialist training fellowships in France including a year at the George Portmann Institute in Bordeaux. He has run the Bradford temporal Bone course and other otological meetings over the past 20 years and has presented his experience all over the world. More recently he has been instrumental in developing an Otology / Implant service in Malawi, Southern Africa. He also plays golf regularly and harmonica in a blues band!


Michael Wareing - BSO Council member

Michael Wareing

BSO Council member



Ian Bottrill - BSO Council member