James Thornberry

Director of global deafblind charity Sense International

James has worked in international development for over 20 years with organisations including Médecins Sans Frontières, CAFOD, WaterAid, and as an international civil servant with the Department for International Development (DfID).

Recently, James has worked in the voluntary sector in the UK setting up a social enterprise for people with learning disabilities, as well as working with multi-sensory impaired people in France.

James’ other qualifications include a BA degree in International Relations and French, and an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing. He is a registered general nurse with a qualification in tropical diseases. His passion for inclusion and diversity is a result of having lived in several continents. James took up the role of Director of Sense International in 2011.

Sense International works in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Peru, Romania, Tanzania and Uganda. In many places, deafblindness is not understood, services are non-existent and deafblind people and their families struggle on in difficult circumstances.