Steve Wyler, the chief executive of Locality, the membership body for community organisations, has announced he will step down from his post.
Wyler said in a statement on his charity’s website that he had decided it was the right time step down "to ensure a strong succession".
But he said that he did not plan to leave until he had supported his board to recruit a successor and ensured an "effective handover and transition, and that he would continue in his post for several months.
Wyler was formerly chief executive of the Development Trusts Association, which merged with the community umbrella body Bassac to form Locality in 2011.
"I have always felt that the best possible way to ensure a strong succession would be to leave when things are going well, with a space of clear water ahead," he said. "It has taken 15 years to get to that point.
"I have agreed with the Locality board that I will do everything I can to support the process of recruiting my successor, and of course make sure that there will be effective handover and transition."
The post will be advertised in the new year. Wyler has not finalised his leaving date nor indicated what his next job will be. "I will be around for a good few months yet, and I'll have time to think about what I will do next," he said in the statement.