Trussell Trust chief executive David McAuley has announced he is moving on after nine years at the charity.
He will leave the national foodbank charity at the end of August and begin at Gloucestershire youth support organisation OPENHouse in September.
McAuley joined the Trussell Trust in August 2008, and took up the role of chief executive in January 2014.
McAuley said: “It has been an incredible journey and a privilege to be CEO of The Trussell Trust for three years, but I believe the time is right to move on to a new challenge.
"Leading a charity which harnesses the power and generosity of volunteers has been inspiring, as has working with a team of committed and hard-working people. I am energised and looking forward to taking my skills to a new cause.”
Liz Pollard, chair of the Trussell Trust trustees, said: “It’s David’s vision and enthusiasm that has pioneered the charity’s new More Than Food programme, to build resilience and make sure people don’t need a foodbank parcel in the first place. It’s an incredible achievement and we wish him all the best as he moves onto a new opportunity.”
McAuley will replace current OPENHouse chief executive Claire Mould, who is moving to become chief executive of a Bristol-based charity Cintre next month.
Mould decribed McAuley as a “brilliant leader” and said she “could not wait to see how he moves the organisation forward”.
She said: “Over the last 6.5 years we have restructured, rebranded and reviewed at a time of considerable change to the voluntary sector in Gloucestershire.
“My passion for OPENHouse has never diminished and it has been an honour to move the charity to a place where it is ready to move to the new level and I couldn’t be more thrilled to move on to another organisation doing great work.”
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OPENHouse trustee Nicola Severs said the charity had been “overwhelmed by the number of high calibre candidates”.
“We are delighted that rigorous scrutiny of applications has resulted in us appointing David McAuley.
“We were looking for someone who would be as impressive, committed and hard working as Dr Claire Mould; we believe that in David we have found that person and are truly excited for the future of OPENHouse.”
OPENhouse, founded in 1978 under the name Shire Training Workshops, provides housing, enhanced support, development and learning opportunities and links to volunteering and employment experiences to young people and vulnerable individuals across Gloucestershire.