Sir Nick Young, chief executive of the British Red Cross, has announced that he is to stand down after the death of his son.
The charity said that Young, who has been in charge of the charity for the past 13 years, would stand down after "the recent tragic death of Nick’s son Alex", in order to spend more time with his family as it dealt with the bereavement.
Young will work part-time in the role until he leaves at the end of August.
He said leaving had been a very difficult decision. "I have loved my time with the British Red Cross like nothing else I have ever done," he said. "It has been an honour and a privilege to lead the charity, and I will deeply miss being part of such a wonderful, warm and talented global family."
Young was chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Relief, now Macmillan Cancer Support, from 1995 until he joined the Red Cross in 2001. He was awarded a knighthood for services to cancer care in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2000.
David Bernstein, chair of the BRC, said the organisation had become a leading force in the humanitarian sector under Young’s leadership. "Nick's tireless work for the organisation has been an inspiration to us all and we are enormously thankful to him," he said. "He is extremely well liked by staff and volunteers here at the British Red Cross, and will be very sadly missed."
Mike Adamson, managing director of operations at the BRC, will become acting chief executive until a permanent replacement for Young is found.