Richard Kramer announces retirement from Sense

The CEO of Sense has announced that he is stepping down after 11 years at the disability organization.

Richard Kramer joined Sense in 2013 as deputy CEO, before being promoted to CEO in 2018.

Kramer plans to retire at the end of January 2025 and move to Cornwall where he has been appointed as a non-executive director at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.

He has worked in the disability sector for 40 years, from volunteering at a long-stay hospital for people with learning disabilities when he was at school, to setting up a youth club for disabled and non-disabled people in North London, to working in charities. Mencap and turning point.

During his time at Sense, Kramer has led the charity through a period of growth, including expanding its network of hubs across the country that combine specialist services with services for the whole community.

Charity Commission data shows that Sense’s income has increased each year from £69.9 million in the financial year ending March 31, 2020 to £86.5 million in 2022-2023.

Sense said it would now start recruiting for his successor.

‘It was a complete joy and a privilege’

Kramer, who is also a trustee of ENEI and the CareTech Foundation, said: “I have had a wonderful and stimulating career at Sense.

“I have absolutely enjoyed working with the individuals we support, and with our staff and volunteers. I love our business, our ambition and our successes.

“I never dreamed of becoming CEO of Sense and it has been a great pleasure and privilege. I have learned so much about myself through the children, adults and families we support.

“I have thought long and hard about this decision. It feels like the right time for me to leave Sense. I’m moving to Cornwall. I get the chance to spend more time with my partner. Together it is our time to really dance with life.”

Speak for civil society last yearKramer said the greatest compliment he has ever received was when he talked about his history of depression and recovery, and how it has made him a stronger and better leader.

‘He leaves the charity in a very strong position’

Justin Molloy, chairman of Sense, said: “The board is very sad to see Richard leave, but we fully understand and respect his decision to retire and move to Cornwall.

“Richard has been an excellent CEO and has built a strong and values-based culture that puts the wellbeing of staff, volunteers and the individuals we support at its heart. He has taken the charity forward on many fronts and guided us through the Covid-19 crisis and the cost of living.

“He leaves the charity in a very strong position. We thank him for everything he has done for Sense.”