Warren Alexander, chief executive of the Charity Retail Association, will retire in January.
Alexander, who joined the trade association in November 2009, made the announcement at the CRA’s annual conference in Keele today. He is the association’s second chief executive after Lekha Klouda, who founded the CRA in 1993.
Alexander, who was previously chief executive of the liver and gut disease charity Core, told Third Sector he planned to "do nothing" for at least the first six months of his retirement, but, if he received an extraordinary job offer, he would consider it.
"Over the past five year years, what has really affected CRA’s success more than anything has been the strengthening in the building up of our lobbying and public affairs," he said. "That has really moved us on considerably."
Recruitment for a successor will begin shortly; Alexander said his only involvement in this would be, if asked, to give the board his views on any candidates.
Ben Merrett, chair of the CRA board, said: "Warren has made an outstanding contribution to the CRA and the sector as a whole. He has overseen a modernisation of the CRA, achieved record growth in membership numbers and secured important wins in government for all charity retailers."
During Alexander’s tenure, CRA membership numbers have grown by 100 to almost 400 charities. Alexander told Third Sector last month that the CRA’s biggest ask of the government was to "leave charity shops alone".