Our executive team

Our chief executive Gillian Morbey reports to the trustees and is responsible for ensuring that Sense plans and carries out its activities in line with the strategic priorities and its mission.

The chief executive is supported by the executive team whose functions are set out below:

Gillian Morbey OBE - Chief Executive 

Gillian MorbeyGillian was involved in the voluntary sector in Scotland for 30 years. Prior to becoming chief executive of Sense and Sense International in 2010 she was chief executive officer of Sense Scotland, which she was instrumental in setting up, from 1985-2010.

Gillian was awarded the OBE in 1995 in recognition of her work, and an Ernst & Young award, Scottish Social Entrepreneur of the Year, in 2005. She was awarded Glasgow City Council’s Lord Provost’s Community Award for services to the community in 2008.

In 2011, Gillian was elected president of Deafblind International (DbI), an organisation bringing together more than 40 organisations from around the world to increase knowledge and share best practice.


Richard Kramer - Deputy Chief Executive

Richard Kramer, Deputy Chief ExecutiveRichard joined Sense in 2013. In addition to his Deputy CEO duties, he is responsible for the Policy and Communications Directorate, which covers public policy, communications & public awareness, information, advice and research, legal, safeguarding and quality assurance, engagement, volunteering and arts and wellbeing. Richard will also spearhead strategic development across the charity.

Prior to joining Sense, Richard worked at the social enterprise Turning Point for over ten years in a number of Director posts and was instrumental in leading the delivery and strategic direction of Connected Care, Turning Point’s model of service delivery that involves service users in the design and delivery of services across England. He brings with him a wealth of experience in the policy arena as well as service development and helping to drive growth within charities.

A qualified solicitor, Richard has worked for public affairs consultancy, NCVO, and was Mencap’s Head of Campaigns for four years.  He has been responsible for a number of publications on dual diagnosis and complex needs.  Richard was also a Trustee of Respond for ten years.


Kris Murali - Group Director of Finance and Resources

Kris MuraliKris joined Sense in 2011 and ensures the resources of our £80 million organisation are managed well and directed to providing the best services to the beneficiaries. Kris is part of the senior management team and works with the chief executive, driving strategy and leading the finance, ICT, estates, facilities, internal audit and health and safety functions.

Kris is a chartered accountant and chartered manager, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He has considerable commercial and general management experience from a career spanning more than 32 years in both the private and not-for-profit sectors.

Kris has extensive experience in developing business as well as working in Africa, Asia and the USA.

Kris has varied interests and is active in the community. He is a trustee of a number of charities and housing associations.


Peter Cheer - Group​ Director of Operational Services

Peter CheerPeter has worked for Sense since 1999, initially with responsibility for services in the Midlands and South-West. He has been the group director for operational services since 2009, with responsibility for Sense’s residential and community services and for the children’s specialist services team. He is also a member of our senior management team.

Peter has worked in a range of social care roles with people with learning and other disabilities for more than 25 years. Before joining Sense, he spent five years in a commissioning role, managing the learning disabilities resettlement programme for Birmingham.


James Thornberry – Director of Sense International

James ThornberryJames has 18 years’ experience in international development with organisations including Médecins Sans Frontières, CAFOD, WaterAid, and as an international civil servant with the Department for International Development.

Recently, James has worked in the voluntary sector in the UK setting up a social enterprise for people with learning disabilities, as well as working with multi-sensory impaired people in France. James’ other qualifications include a BA degree in International Relations and French, and an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing. He is a registered general nurse with a qualification in tropical diseases. His passion for inclusion and diversity is a result of having lived in several continents. James took up the role of Director of Sense International in 2011.


Alana Tubasei – Director of Fundraising

Alana TubaseiAlana joined Sense in 2013. She is responsible for leading the Fundraising Directorate to secure funds needed for the organisation through a variety of methods including: direct marketing; events; community fundraising; corporate fundraising; major giving; and trusts and statutory fundraising. The Fundraising Operations team within the directorate is also responsible for providing excellent supporter care and effective database management. Alana is part of the senior management team and works closely with the Chief Executive and Trustees on fundraising activity.

Prior to joining Sense she worked at the NSPCC for over eight years, most recently as Head of Major Supporter Fundraising where she was a key member of the NSPCC Fundraising Senior Management Team driving an annual society income of £130m. Alana started her career in publishing with the Random House Group before moving to work in the charity sector.


David Robinson - Director of Finance

David RobinsonDavid joined Sense in 2000 and manages the financial activities of Sense and Sense International. A chartered accountant with 25 years’ experience in the third sector, David has worked in housing, education, urban renewal, as well as for charities in the fields of mental health, learning difficulties, domestic violence, homelessness and elders’ care.

As a member of the executive team David helps to ensure the financial good health and legal compliance of Sense, and that our contracting, leasing, payment and receipts all work to ensure that Sense offers services we can be proud of.


Toni Dumolo – Director of Human Resources

Toni DumoloToni joined Sense in 2012 and is responsible for ensuring that our organisation gets the best from the people it employs by enabling managers to lead, manage and develop staff to deliver the best service we can to deafblind people. Toni has extensive experience of working in HR in both the public and private sectors, including local government, health, social care, financial services and the Environment Agency. She has also been an operational manager and is passionate about ensuring that HR adds value. 

Toni is a Fellow of the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development and has an MA in Law and Employment Relations.

Fiona Markey - Manager, Corporate Secretariat

Fiona MarkeyFiona joined Sense in 2011 and is responsible for the secretariat which provides support to the chief executive, group director of finance and resources, and Sense International, and facilitates the governance of the organisation.

Fiona has had a varied career in the third and public sectors. Before joining Sense she was assistant director of business management and company secretary at One Housing Group, and prior to that was director of planning and governance at Turning Point for seven years. She had previously worked in a variety of management roles in the third sector, regeneration and local government.

First published: Friday 4 May 2012
Updated: Wednesday 20 November 2013