Robert Dufton, who has been in the role since 2004, will leave the foundation in the summer. He will spend the academic year 2013/14 at Cass working with Dr Peter Grant researching the effectiveness of foundations, as well as teaching on its MSc philanthropy programme.
Under Dufton’s leadership, the PHF’s annual grant-making has grown from £6m to £20m and its workforce from 11 to 33.
"Robert has led the foundation through an extraordinary period of change," said Jane Hamlyn, chair of the PHF. "Under his leadership, PHF has been transformed into a strategic organisation, respected by its peers for the rigour and creativity of its grant-making, and with a deep commitment to learning."
Dufton, an alumnus of Cass Business School, said that after nearly nine years in post it was time for him to move on. "Spending time at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness gives me a valuable opportunity to reflect on my experiences at the foundation and my voluntary work in the charitable sector, and to conduct research and teach," he said.
The PHF, which was established by the publisher and philanthropist Paul Hamlyn in 1987, has started the recruitment process to find Dufton’s replacement.