Hilary Keenlyside, chair of Barnardo’s, has left the position because of work commitments.
She has been on the board of the children’s charity for the past 11 years, the last two of which were spent as chair. She was deputy chair for another two years.
A statement from Barnardo’s published on its website on 11 July said Keenlyside had resigned with effect from the previous day because of work commitments and because she was no longer able to devote sufficient time to the next phase of the charity’s development.
Keenlyside told Third Sector that a close relative of hers had recently died and she had nothing to add to Barnardo’s statement.
The charity is searching for a new chief executive after the departure of its former head, Anne Marie Carrie, who stepped down from her role last month. She had been in post since November 2010.
The charity’s statement said Keenlyside, who co-founded the management consultancy Bonnar Keenlyside, had made an important contribution as a board member.
"Having served on the board for 11 years and with a new chief executive on the horizon, Hilary Keenlyside is resigning as chair of Barnardo's with effect from 10 July," the charity’s statement said. "Barnardo’s would like to thank Hilary for her immense contribution and wish her well for the future."
The charity’s deputy chair, Judy Clements, will become the acting chair of trustees.