Julie Bentley resigns as chief executive of Action for Children

Bentley, who joined the charity in August 2018, says she is leaving for personal reasons

Julie Bentley
Julie Bentley

Julie Bentley is to step down as chief executive of Action for Children after 18 months in the role.  

Bentley said on Twitter today that she was leaving for personal reasons, but did not provide further details.

A spokeswoman for Action for Children said Bentley would leave at the end of the month.

Carol Iddon, the charity's deputy chief executive, will take over while a longer-term interim chief executive is found.

Bentley has led Action for Children since August 2018, and was previously the chief executive of Girlguiding for six years.

Before that, she was chief executive of the sexual health charity the Family Planning Association, now fpa, and spent almost five years in the same position at the personal safety charity the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.

The spokeswoman for Action for Children said: “We can confirm that chief executive Julie Bentley has resigned from the charity. 

“She is stepping down for personal reasons. The board of trustees has accepted her resignation with sadness and thanks her for her dedication and commitment over the past 18 months.

“She has been an incredibly visible front-line chief executive, inspiring staff across the UK. During her time she’s led the work to develop a new brand, vision, mission and values as well as pioneering the launch of our Choose Childhood campaign.”

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