Stonewall chief executive, Ruth Hunt, is to step down from her role later this year.
The chief executive of the LGBT charity is to leave the role in August to pursue “a new opportunity”.
Hunt worked for Stonewall for 8 years from 2005 where she held roles in policy, research and public affairs. After working as a Fellow of the US-based think tank, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, she then returned to the LGBT charity as its chief executive in 2014.
In her time as chief executive, staff numbers increased from 75 to 160, and income grew from £5.38m to £8.69m.
In a blog post on the Stonewall website she described the role as “an honour that has made the past half-decade the most exciting, challenging, humbling and rewarding time of my life so far”.
Of her time remaining she said: “I’m determined to make it count as much, if not more, than any other.”
In a statement she added: “The past 14 years have been transformative for me, both personally and professionally. I am incredibly proud of how much we have achieved as an organisation and am honoured that I have been the person to lead this change at Stonewall.”
“I could not be prouder to have led this amazing organisation for the past five years and look forward to seeing it – and all the amazing people that work for it – go from strength to strength in years to come.”
Jan Gooding, chair, said: “Ruth has been a visionary, bold and inspirational leader during her years at Stonewall. We are incredibly grateful for her generous leadership, her unwavering commitment and her unmatched drive. We will all miss her dearly.”
“Ruth will leave with the knowledge that she has significantly transformed Stonewall for the better and has provided an exciting opportunity for a strong and forward-thinking leader to step in and take the helm during a new strategic period. I speak on behalf of the entire board and staff team when I wish Ruth only the best in her next steps.”
Stonewall has begun the recruitment process for its next chief executive.