The membership charity the British Deaf Association has appointed Rebecca Mansell as its next chief executive.
Mansell, who is trust and foundations manager at the deafblind charity Sense International, succeeds Damian Barry, who led the BDA between 2015 and 2020.
Before joining Sense International, Mansell was director of communications and fundraising at the deaf health charity SignHealth.
The BDA delivers a range of services aimed at empowering deaf people to overcome difficulties they face on a daily basis.
Mansell said: “I am looking forward to leading a bold new strategy with the BDA team and members, ensuring deaf people are able to achieve equality, access and freedom of choice in their preferred language, British Sign Language.”
David Buxton, chair of the BDA, said: “She joins at an exciting time for us as we get ever-closer to achieving a BSL Act.”
Mansell will take up her new role at the end of January.