Sense has announced that, after a decade leading the national disability charity, John Crabtree OBE, is to stand down as its Chairman. Dr Justin Molloy, who has been a trustee for four years, will take over this month.
John has been actively involved with Sense for over twenty five years, becoming a Trustee in 2002 and Chair in 2007. He brought a wealth of experience from the wider professional community and supported Sense in key initiatives, including the delivery of TouchBase Pears, the new multi-purpose centre in Selly Oak, which has been praised for continuing the regeneration of the area.
Sense, which supports children and adults who have complex communication needs, including those who are deafblind, has praised the outgoing Chairman, who has raised over £6m for the charity.
Sense CEO, Gillian Morbey, said: “John has been an outstanding Chairman, and everyone at Sense will miss him greatly. We have valued his leadership, knowledge and commitment throughout his term of office. John has gone above and beyond in his role, always there for us, encouraging, challenging and supportive in just the right measures.
John Crabtree OBE, said: “Sense is a wonderful charity and my role as Chair has been an honour. I would like to thank everyone who has helped make my time here a success.
I believe Justin will be an excellent appointment. He is committed to the cause, working to champion Sense to meet the needs of children, adults and families.
I am stepping down from my position, but Sense will retain a place in my heart, and will always have my support.”
Dr Justin Molloy, said: “John has done such a fantastic job and it is a great honour to be appointed to succeed him as Chair of Sense.
In the past four years as a Trustee, I have seen the vital work Sense do supporting individuals and families, and campaigning to make sure their voice is heard. I am committed to ensuring that Sense continues its work and is fit for the future.”
It was also announced that Roy Staines, Duncan Tannahill and Jim McManus, will stand down as Trustees after eight years’ service. In anticipation of these changes, Sense has appointed a number of new trustees over the last year, all actively engaged in supporting the work of the charity.