Chief executive of Sense quits

By John Plummer, Third Sector Online, 15 October 2010

Richard Brook

Richard Brook

Deafblind charity boss departs weeks after duties were handed to Scottish counterpart

Richard Brook has left his role as chief executive of the deafblind charity Sense.

Brook’s position had been unclear after Gillian Morbey, chief executive of Sense Scotland was handed day-to-day control of the charity at the end of last month.

Sandra Osborne, group director of external affairs and knowledge at Sense, said on Friday that Brook had stood down as chief executive.

She declined to say what had prompted Brook's departure or why Morbey had been drafted in to take control of the charity before he left.

She said that Brook and John Crabtree, Sense’s chair, "had been involved in conversations for the past month or two about the future management of the organisation".

She said the discussions were not about Sense’s strategic direction and there had been no formal complaints about Brook.

Morbey will remain in charge until a permanent successor is recruited. Osborne said this could take up to nine months.

Brook succeeded Tony Best in July 2008. He was previously chief executive at the Office of the Public Guardian.

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