Julie Bentley has resigned as chief executive of Action for Children after 18 months in the role, she announced this morning.
Bentley joined the children's charity, which has an income of around £150m a year, in August 2018, and was previously chief executive at Girlguiding.
She is also a trustee and vice-chair of NCVO and will continue in that role.
Bentley said she had resigned for personal reasons and praised her colleagues at the charity.
She tweeted: “For personal reasons I have resigned from the wonderful @actnforchildren. Colleagues from across the Action for Children family are some of the very best people I have encountered in my 25-year charity sector career.”
2/2: They have consistently inspired me and made me feel proud. I am honoured to have served them these past 18 months and I will remain a passionate champion and supporter of their vital work for children & young people & families— Julie Bentley (@juliebentley) February 14, 2020
An Action for Children spokesperson said: “The board of trustees has accepted her resignation with sadness and thank her for her dedication and commitment over the past 18 months.
“She has been an incredibly visible frontline chief executive inspiring staff across the UK and during her time, she’s led the work to develop a new brand, vision, mission and values as well as pioneering the launch of our Choose Childhood campaign.”
Bentley will leave at the end of this month, after a detailed hand over to Carol Iddon, the deputy chief executive, who will lead the organisation until an interim chief executive is appointed.