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
- Richard Kramer - Deputy Chief Executive
- Kris Murali - Group Director of Finance and Resources
- Maria Horton - Director of Operations
- Mark Lovell - Director of Business Development
- Sarah Lee - Director of Fundraising
- David Robinson - Director of Finance
- Toni Dumolo – Director of Human Resources
- Carolyn Merry - Director of Sense International
- Adrian Darkin - Director of Trading
- Fiona Markey - Manager, Corporate Secretariat
Gillian 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 joined Sense in 2013. In addition to his Deputy CEO duties, he is responsible for oversight of our Operational Services, Quality, and Business Development functions and is Director for the Policy and Communications Directorate, which covers public policy, communications & public awareness, information, advice and research, legal, volunteering and short breaks and arts and wellbeing. Richard also spearheads 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 including Director of Policy, Business Development as well as leading the business function, Connected Care, 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. Richard was also a Trustee of Respond for ten years. He is currently a Director of Whitefield Academy that supports children with specialist educational needs and a Board Member of the Campaign to End Loneliness.
Kris Murali - Group Director of Finance and Resources
Kris 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.
Maria Horton - Director of Operations
Maria joined Sense in 2015 and is the Director of Operational Services with responsibility for leading and managing specialist services for children, the college, and Sense's accommodation and community based services. Sense's services support children through to older people, who have sight and hearing loss, often with associated communication needs and sometimes additional disabilities. Maria is the Nominated Individual with CQC for Sense.
Prior to joining Sense Maria worked for Worcestershire County Council with responsibility for all of their internally provided care and support services, designing and delivering a wide range of services in partnership with health. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of commissioning and providing services across all client groups.
Maria has also worked as the director of a charity for people with acquired brain injury and as a Social Worker. Currently she is a volunteer with a charity who support people who are HIV positive.
Mark Lovell - Director of Business Development
Mark joined Sense in September 2015 and leads on the strategic development of new business, ensuring ambitious targets for growth are successfully achieved. Mark's work will also focus on bringing together and establishing positive and valuable relationships with key external partners and commissioners.
Before joining the Team at Sense, Mark had a long and successful career at the charity, Whizz-Kidz. He led the development and implementation of a number of innovative services accessed by thousands of young disabled people across the UK. In 2014 Mark developed a sustainable service delivery model, which subsequently received funding from The Big Lottery Fund worth £5.3m.
Mark has extensive stakeholder management experience. His work in this area has included the development of important partnerships with high profile individuals and private sector companies and the development of successful growth strategies and improved processes that ensure services are not only effective, but value for money.
Sarah Lee – Director of Fundraising
Sarah joins in May 2016 and will be responsible for leading the Fundraising Directorate to secure funds needed for Sense and Sense International 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.
Prior to this role, Sarah worked at Macmillan Cancer Support for more than four years, successfully leading the mass market fundraising teams to deliver growth and deliver a change programme focusing on fundraising legislation. She started her career at Tesco, completing their corporate marketing graduate scheme before moving to work in the charity sector. Sarah lives in London with her husband Matthew and their miniature schnauzer Raffa.
David Robinson - Director of Finance
David 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 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.
Carolyn Merry joined Sense International in 2015 and is responsible for all of its operations and future strategic growth and direction. Carolyn has worked for over 20 years in the humanitarian and international development sectors, and is passionate about creating a more inclusive and peaceful world in which all can flourish.
Carolyn brings extensive operational, management and leadership experience from her previous roles around the world with Cord, CBM Australia and Médecins Sans Frontières.
At CBM, Carolyn managed a strategic Partnership with the University of Melbourne, which provided technical assistance, capacity development and an evidence base for disability inclusive development to the Australian Government Aid programme, International Non-Government agencies, Disabled Persons Organisations, overseas Governments and multi-lateral agencies.
Carolyn has Bachelor degrees in Science and Nursing (specialised in critical care), a postgraduate qualification in Education, a Masters’ degree in International Development and an MA in Human Rights Law & Advocacy.
Adrian joined Sense in February 2014. He is responsible for the Trading directorate which generates income for the organisation through our 92 shops. Adrian leads a team managing our shops which are geographically spread across England in five areas: North, Midlands, East, South East and London. As well as generating income through the shops and our Online department, Adrian actively helps the trading team to engage with their local communities and to undertake other activities to increase the general public`s awareness of Sense.
Adrian has a wealth of retail experience having worked for Peacocks for over twenty years in a variety of management roles. He has also worked for Sainsbury`s and Iceland in shop and field management roles.
Fiona Markey - Manager, Corporate Secretariat
Fiona 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: Monday 18 April 2016