NALC personnel











Tony Smith         Treasurer

Tony is married to Lesley and together they have three grown-up children. His main interests are cricket, travelling and music. He had his laryngectomy and follow up radiotherapy treatment in 2001 at the age of 60.

He has been involved in assisting NALC to forge stronger links with member clubs.





Gloria Tuck         Vice-President

I arrived in the UK from South Africa in early 2007 with so much enthusiasm for making a new life for myself.

The prospect of starting employment in the summer as a Lighting Consultant with a prominent commercial and industrial lighting company in London, I was really excited.  This gave me time to have a bit of holiday in the UK.

However, it was not to be .  Shortly after arriving in the UK, I began experiencing symptons such as, a sore throat as well as weight loss and trouble swallowing which I ignored because of my excitement.

In early July, I was diagnosed with throat cancer which put paid to all my plans.

I had my surgery in August of 2007.  At the time I thought it was the end of the world for me as they say.

Had it not been for a fellow laryngectomee, Marilyn Rose who became a good friend and introducing me to NALC  I don’t know how I would have coped. Marilyn has since sadly passed away.

Through NALC, I have met so many lovely people and have been kept busy attending NALC meetings etc.  Through them, I get to speak to student speech therapists at some colleges and Universities at various times of the year.

I also talk to women patients prior to surgery, giving them assurance that there is life after a laryngectomy.

In 2012, Central London Laryngectomee Club was set up.  I hold the position as secretary which keeps me busy  on a monthly basis.

I have one son here in London who lives close by so that he can keep an eye on me. Two more sons still live in South Africa and one other in America. I was widowed in 1992.


Trevor Hutson       Vice-President



  Trevor and Sally Hutson

Trevor became involved with NALC in 2018, when his daughter Esther ran in the London Marathon to raise funds for NALC. Trevor and his wife Sally have been active in their area since his laryngectomy. Their particular concern is promoting awareness of the needs of laryngectomees in emergency situations. They soon joined NALC's Executive Group and have contributed to updating of NALC resources and development areas such as mental health.

Trevor was elected Vice-President in 2019 and Sally continues to serve on the executive group.





NALC Vice-President, Tony Hudson, has passed away after a short illness. His contribution since becoming an Officer has been tremendous. He has taken the lead on NALC’s Safety Project, ensuring community first responders are aware of laryngectomee needs. Previously he led the programme to update NALC’s information leaflets. He  gave his time generously and his contribution will be missed greatly. His wife Maureen has provided a valuable contribution as a carer and she and the rest of the family are in our thoughts.











Alex sadly passed away late in 2017. He was a NALC Officer for many years, most recently our Treasurer. He made a tremendous contribution and will be difficult to replace.

He helped to produce a number of Powerpoint presentations which form a major part of NALC’s Education programme and was heavily involved in delivering these presentations to health professionals across the UK.










Martin Birchall NALC Patron and Medical Advisor

I am a Consultant Laryngologist (throat specialist) at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital in London. I have been privileged to work with NALC for more than fifteen years, during which time the Association has gone from strength to strength. NALC now reaches out to all those preparing for or having had a laryngectomy wherever they are in the UK. They have been instrumental in changing attitudes of healthcare managers and surgeons about laryngectomy and especially rehabilitation. NALC has successfully lobbied government for filters and other devices to be available on prescription, though more work is still to be done here. It has changed priorities for research and improved communication, including the establishment of this website. NALC volunteers are now involved in teaching medical students, ambulance personnel and paramedical specialities all over the country.

I think all of these things would have happened anyway due the energy, commitment and vision of the NALC committee and membership, but the input of the current medical directors such as myself, and Professors Howard and Bradley, as well as informal input from many other ENT surgeons, has helped refine and direct their efforts.

We are here primarily to support however: it is for Laryngectomees to set the agendas to improve the lot for themselves and all like them in the UK. This policy has increasingly reaped rewards in a wonderful example of public-professional partnership. It is my greatest honour to contribute in whatever small ways I can to these, your, efforts.


Mr Nimesh N Patel

Consultant ENT Surgeon, University Hospital Southampton




Mr Sam Majumdar

Consultant ENT Surgeon, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee