Mick Aldridge, chief executive of the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association since 2006, stepped down on 30 September, the organisation has announced.
Michael Naidu, acting chair of the PFRA, told Third Sector that it could not give any more details about why Aldridge had left or say whether he would be moving to another job.
Naidu said the process of recruiting Aldridge’s successor would begin once a new chair had been appointed. The PFRA announced in the summer that it planned to recruit a paid chair.
"We have shortlisted candidates for the chair’s post and interviews have been set up," said Naidu. "We feel it would be appropriate to get the new chair in place first so they can hopefully be engaged in the process of recruiting a new chief executive."
No timeline was in place yet, he added, but that he hoped a new chief executive would be recruited as soon as possible.
In a statement, the PFRA said that Aldridge had been instrumental in ensuring that the 2006 Charities Act acknowledged the right of charities to undertake face-to-face fundraising. "Mick built strong relationships between the PFRA and a wide range of stakeholders both in and out of the charity sector including the Fundraising Standards Board, the Association of Town Centre Management and the Trading Standards Institute," it said.
"Mick has built a strong team of specialists who will continue the drive for best practice in face-to-face fundraising."