British Tinnitus Association boss steps down after 12 years

David Stockdale said was time "for a new challenge"

David Stockdale, the chief executive of the British Tinnitus Association, will step down in June after 12 years in the role, the charity has announced.

The charity, which offers a helpline, information and support to people experiencing tinnitus, has said it has begun recruiting Stockdale’s successor. 

Under Stockdale’s leadership, the charity has grown from an organisation with an income of £300,000 to one with an income of £1.4m in 2020/21, and has gone from supporting 300,000 people a year to  almost 2m, according to a statement from the charity.

In a statement, Stockdale said he had decided to take on a new challenge. 

“This has been an extremely difficult decision to make – I love working with and for the BTA and the tinnitus community it serves. I am proud of all we have achieved and what is planned for the future,” he said.

“I have always sought to lead the BTA to do what serves the best interests of those living with tinnitus, combining support with research. However, it is time for someone else to have the honour of leading the BTA.”

Before joining the BTA, Stockdale spent two years as head of business at the Crime Reduction Centre, a South Yorkshire-based European Regional Development Fund project, and before that was director of finance, projects and marketing at the youth organisation Young Voice. 

Lynne Gillon, the charity’s chair, credited Stockdale with placing the charity in a position where it could “move forward with confidence” with the next phase of major growth.

Gillon said: “I would like to thank David for his huge commitment and dedication to the BTA, and all he has helped us achieve and wish him every success in his new endeavour. I know David will be very much missed by many people in the tinnitus community.”

She confirmed the charity had begun its search for Stockdale’s successor, who she said would “be someone with the energy and passion to continue this essential work and create long-lasting benefits for people living with tinnitus around the globe”.

The charity did not respond to a request for comment on whether Stockdale will be taking up a position at another charity in time for Third Sector’s deadline.

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