Paul Breckell to leave Action on Hearing Loss in the summer

The chief executive cites personal reasons for the decision, and reveals that he will join Ambitious About Autism as director of strategy and transformation

Paul Breckell
Paul Breckell

Paul Breckell, chief executive of Action on Hearing Loss, is to step down for personal reasons.

The charity said in a statement today that Breckell, who has been at the charity for 11 years, including the past six as chief executive, would be leaving in the summer to take up a role that would give him the flexibility to deal with additional caring responsibilities in his family.

Breckell, who will leave Action on Hearing Loss in August, will join the charity Ambitious About Autism as director of strategy and transformation on a one-year contract.

He said: "It has been a privilege to lead Action on Hearing Loss for the past six years. I’m very proud of what we have achieved and am confident that there are even greater things to come for the charity.

"I’m looking forward to new challenges at Ambitious About Autism, another fantastic and progressive charity, and also having more time to meet my family commitments."

The charity, which changed its name from the Royal National Institute for Deaf People in 2011, had an income of £40.3m and an expenditure of £42.3m in the year to the end of March 2017, and employs about 900 staff, according to figures on the Charity Commission’s online register.

John Morgan, chair of Action on Hearing Loss, said: "Paul has been a fantastic chief executive, leading Action on Hearing Loss through a period of significant growth both in income and social impact.

"The board respects his decision to find a role where he can take more time to meet his family caring responsibilities."

He said the charity had begun the search to find Breckell’s successor.

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