Action for Children’s chief executive Tony Hawkhead will step down after four years over health concerns, the charity has announced.
Action for Children said Hawkhead, who has been in the role since 2014, made the decision to step down following health concerns which are resolvable, but require him to take a break from a full-time role.
Carol Iddon, managing director for children’s services, will become acting chief executive when Hawkhead steps down in February.
Hawkhead said: “I have had the enormous honour of being chief executive for this wonderful charity. The past four years have seen significant changes at Action for Children, and we have gone from strength to strength. When I joined, we worked with 250,000 children, young people and families each year and today we are supporting more than 370,000.
“It has been an absolute privilege to work for this amazing charity and I know that senior leaders and colleagues across the UK will ensure the focus remains on delivering our ambitious strategy, with children at the centre of everything that we do.”
John O'Brien, chair of trustees at Action for Children, said: "Tony has successfully led the charity for the last four years and, with him at the helm, the charity has made important changes to ensure that children are even more clearly at the centre of everything we do. It is with sadness that I accepted Tony's resignation and I wish him the very best on behalf of the trustees."