Chief Executive of Sense to stand down

Sense has announced that its Chief Executive, Gillian Morbey, will stand down in the summer after 8 years in the role.

Morbey will retain her links at Sense on a part-time basis, supporting the charity to oversee the next phase of TouchBase Pears, an innovative new centre based in Selly Oak,

Birmingham. Developed by Sense, TouchBase Pears provides specialist provision for disabled people and resources for the whole community.

Morbey was appointed CEO of Sense and Sense International in October 2010. Previously, she was head of Sense Scotland – an organisation she was instrumental in setting up – from 1985-2010. She has been involved in the voluntary sector in Scotland for more than thirty years, and was awarded the OBE in 1995 in recognition of her work.

Richard Kramer, who joined Sense in 2013 as Deputy Chief Executive, is set to succeed Morbey in July. Kramer has been responsible for the oversight of operational services, fundraising, quality, and business development functions, and is also the Director of Policy and Communications.


A smiling woman
Gillian Morbey

Justin Molloy, Sense Chair of Trustees, said:

“Gill has led Sense through some of the most turbulent times that charities have had to face and has done so with huge determination, authenticity, and with a leadership style that has been an inspiration to the whole organisation.

Gill has pioneered the establishment of the TouchBase model, both in Scotland and England. In doing so, she has brought innovation, creativity and a social entrepreneurial approach, not only to Sense but the wider sector.”

Gillian Morbey, Sense Chief Executive, said:

“I have served the Sense family for over 35 years. I have experienced some really difficult times and some truly joyous moments and have shared these times with courageous families and wonderful staff. Sense and Sense International will thrive and prosper. I wish everyone well – it’s been a real privilege.”

Richard Kramer, Sense Deputy Chief Executive, said:

“Over the last five years I have been touched by the incredible work Sense do. I am immensely proud and humbled to be appointed CEO. This is a charity that I love and which matters to me. Sense’s work is vitally important and we continue to strive to bring positive change for the people we support and their families.”