Our founders

eargym co-founders, Amanda Philpott and Andy Shanks, have both lived with age-related and noise-induced hearing loss and are motivated to build a purpose-led business helping people live well for longer. Between them, they have extensive experience working in multiple fields including the NHS, population health and care sector, business development, digital technology and production.

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Amanda Philpott

CEO

I co-founded eargym with Andy because I have experienced first-hand the impact of unaddressed hearing loss in my family. My happy place is in the mountains, and hearing nature with greater clarity really matters to me.

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Andy Shanks

CPO

I’m an ex-DJ, so when my friends and I started experiencing the early signs of hearing loss and I learnt about the correlation with dementia I became frustrated that there was nothing available to help and decided to do something about it.

Meet the team

We’re a highly motivated team keen to make a difference as we help people around the world improve their hearing health and live well for longer. Everyone at eargym brings something different to the team to make sure our work is the best it can be.

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Shiran Koifman, PhD

Research Lead

I’m really excited by the potential of addressing hearing health to improve quality of life and serve as a bridge between industry and academia. Outside work, I enjoy travelling with my Welsh Terrier dog, horse riding, and listening to a wide range of music.

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Laurence Blackhurst

Data Scientist

I like to find the story within the data, starting with the data eargym collects to how it’s visualised for the rest of the team, so that they can best meet the game and health expectations of the user.

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Morgan Crawford 

Product Manager & Sound Designer

I’m excited to use my experience as a sound designer to lead an audio focused app that celebrates our hearing and can contribute to vital dementia research. Outside of work, I enjoy swimming, cycling, and running.

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Peter Fox

Sound Designer

I love to create immersive audio and demonstrate the power of our hearing by combining my passion for audio and video games. In my free time I spend a lot of time outdoors, and watching and playing sports.

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Mykhailo Oros

Project Manager

Perpetio

I work with the product team to coordinate our deliverables to make sure everything is delivered to the highest standard. In my down time, I take part in Kyokushinkai karate and spend time playing the guitar and piano.

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Jennifer Birtles

Marketing & Communications Manager 

I’m a big reader and love the power of storytelling in all its forms, both on and off screen. I really value working in a role where I create content that helps share eargym’s story and mission with the world.

Research
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Wendy Martinez, MSc

Research officer - User Lead Design

I have a MSc in Human-Computer Interaction and work closely with our users to inform product design and make sure eargym helps everybody improve their hearing health. I love getting outside to explore nature, hike and skydive.

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Jazzine Smith, MSc

UX/UI Researcher - Behavioural Insights

I am really passionate about understanding how people make changes in their behaviour and what motivates them to do this. I enjoy spending time at my allotment, hiking, and painting.

Product
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Jay Andrade-Hunt

Unity Games Designer

I’m motivated by the challenge to bring hearing training games to the masses with fun and engaging design that’s focused on immersive audio. To unwind, I play a range of computer games and like to go bouldering.

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Amber Hsieh

UX/UI Designer

I really value the opportunity to create an amazing user experience for everyone who uses eargym with an interface that is simple and easy to use. I’m a big fan of the theatre, karaoke, and all types of puzzle games.

Developers
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Klimko Maksym

Flutter Developer

Perpetio

I work to build the eargym app with Perpetio and the product team. Outside of work, I like to play volleyball and the guitar, and enjoy listening to music.

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Lara Besaccia

Business Development Manager
Industrial Placement

I’m excited to contribute to a cause that will help those affected by hearing loss. I work within sales and marketing to help raise awareness and empower businesses to look after hearing health in the workplace.

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Wyatt Howe

Unity Games Developer

I enjoy developing games that are enjoyable in their own right as well as having a real impact on improving people’s hearing skills. Problem solving is a natural part of my work and I do this in my free time too by fixing up motorbikes.

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Volodymyr Panyush

Flutter Developer

Perpetio

I love my job as a developer and having the opportunity to create apps that can help improve lives for the better; eargym is my favourite project that I’ve worked on. In my free time I play the guitar, play sports, and spend a lot of time outdoors.

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Emma Ricchiari

Business Development Manager
Industrial Placement

I'm really excited to be at eargym where I'm learning how a business operates and grows. I’m happy to have the opportunity to help develop eargym’s mission and improve the lives of people impacted by hearing loss.

Business & Communications
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Madison Tutton

Clinical & Research Audiologist

eargym provides the opportunity to enhance auditory rehabilitation for individuals with hearing loss while also contributing to a valuable area of research. When I’m not working I love to take my dog on nice country walks especially in the Yorkshire Dales.

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