Our Workshop Leaders

British Voice Association

——SHARON MARI——

Sharon has a practice in Kent and London where she specialises in training CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music) singers, rehabilitating injured voices and presenting vocal health workshops and masterclasses.Currently, Sharon is studying an MA in Voice Pedagogy where her main research is in vocal health and rehabilitation. She has been awarded bursaries to attend voice conferences in Europe and the United States. Sharon is a part of the Lewisham Voice Clinic, where there is a multi-disciplinary team who specialise in professional voice users. This setup can include a Laryngologist or ENT who specialises in voice, Speech Therapist, Physiotherapist or Osteopath and a Psychologist. Sharon has presented at various places including BIMM London and ACM Clapham. She has written articles for Communicating Voice (BVA newsletter) and isingmag. Her research on Vocal Rehabilitation was chosen to be presented at The Voice Clinic Forum and the Voice Geek conference. Alongside this, Sharon enjoys performing regularly and writing original music.

——PAUL McKENNA——

Paul John McKenna is a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist working in Clinical Voice Disorders and Singing Voice Rehabilitation at Wythenshawe Hospital (NHS) in South Manchester. Paul works alongside Sue M Jones in weekly professional voice users clinics, where high level voice users are assessed endoscopically and then rehabilitated via highly individualised voice therapy.
Alongside working primarily in the therapeutic rehabilitation of performers with complex voice impairments, Paul is a certified NLP practitioner and has a background in Hypnotherapy, skills which have led to a significant interest in the psychological factors impacting on vocal performance. Paul aims to continue developing in these fields over the coming years in the aim to provide insights that can further assist performers in the mastery of their voice use.


Prior to retraining as a Speech and Language therapist, Paul worked as a gigging musician for a number of years, as both a singer and guitarist. Experience that helps him to acutely appreciate the demands vocally and psychologically that professional vocalists deal with in their careers. This musical background has been the catalyst for focusing his career towards assisting high level performers in their vocal recovery. As well as being the secretary for the North West Voice CEN, which regularly provides specialist voice training to delegates in the UK, Paul also speaks publically on vocal care and annually provides bespoke workshops for local music colleges such as the Royal Northern College of Music to educate students on vocal health.