Chief Executive

London or Birmingham (Selly Oak) with travel to London and to our services across the UK
c.£165,000 per annum

For everyone living with complex disabilities. For everyone who is deafblind. Sense is here to help people communicate and experience the world. We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential. Our experts offer support that’s tailored to the individual needs of each person, whether that’s at our centres, through our holidays and short breaks, or in people’s own homes. In addition to practical support, we also provide information to families, and campaign for the rights of people with complex disabilities to take part in life.


Today, our work has never been more vital. There are 1.6 million people in the UK alone with complex disabilities and Sense reaches 30,000 children and adults and their family every year.

With annual income of over £80m, and c.3,000 staff and 2,500 volunteers we are a significant charity operating across the UK with international impact. Our culture is strongly values-based, and we hold those we support and the wellbeing of our staff and volunteers at the heart of all that we do.

In recent years, we have grown and diversified our income, both fundraised and trading, and we are constantly looking at how we change and innovate to address the long-term consequences of the pandemic and ongoing cost of living crisis which have created even more barriers for those we support. 

We are looking for a Chief Executive who can lead us into a new strategic period, ensuring that we collectively rise to the challenges and opportunities we face. It is a crucial and exciting time to join us that offers a compelling platform for an inspiring leader who is motivated by our mission to impact. 

A natural communicator and relationship builder, you will bring all the skills needed to win hearts and minds internally and externally with the support of a strong and unified Executive team and Board alongside you. You will be financially astute as we look to maximise income whilst controlling costs, and will be a long-term, strategic thinker with the vision, ambition and experience to help us achieve greater profile and recognition for our outstanding services and campaigning. Critically, you will be an inclusive leader who can demonstrate where you’ve made positive changes to ensure a more diverse and inclusive working culture within your career.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.

How to apply

To make an application, please click on the apply now button below, with the following prepared:

  • Your CV (no more than four sides).
  • A supporting statement (no more than two sides) that sets out why you think this role is the right move for you and how you meet the knowledge and experience criteria.

Closing date
Monday 12th August 2024

Preliminary interviews
w/c 26th August 2024

Final Panel interviews
Tuesday 17th September (Selly Oak or London tbc)