The Suzy Lamplugh Trust has appointed a new chief executive following the departure of founders Paul and Diana Lamplugh last October (Third Sector, 8 October 2003).
Julie Bentley, currently the director of corporate development at the Alcohol Recovery Project, will start as chief executive in April.
She will take over from Paul Lamplugh, who stepped down in October to take care of his wife and co-founder Diana Lamplugh, who developed Alzheimer's disease following a stroke last year.
The Lamplughs founded the charity after their estate agent daughter Suzy disappeared while showing a client a property in Fulham, West London in 1986.
The trust is highly respected for its work on personal safety, and delivers a range of information and support services.
Bentley, who admitted she is not yet up to speed on some of the finer details of the charity, said the Lamplughs would be "a tough act to follow".
"But I'm looking forward to the challenge. The charity's ethos of living life well but safely is something that I do have a personal affinity with."