Sally Young is to stand down as chief executive of Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service after almost a decade in charge.
Young, who is also vice-chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, informed her 45 staff today that she will leave in December.
Newcastle CVS is one of the UK’s largest councils for voluntary service, with an income of £1.2m for the financial year ending 31 March 2019.
Young, who became chief executive in 2010, told Third Sector the time was right to move on.
"It feels like we are going into a new phase that needs a new person with creativity and dynamism," she said.
"It's a great job. It's just time to go. One of the things about being a leader is knowing when to leave."
Newcastle-born Young, whose tenure on the NCVO board ends in November, said she hoped to stay involved in voluntary action, possibly as a trustee or consultant, but did not want to run another large organisation.
It is hoped a successor will be appointed by October to take the helm after a handover at the end of the year.
Recruitment for the post, which has a salary of between £57,000 and £62,000, will begin tomorrow.
Whoever is appointed will oversee a name change and be expected to place greater emphasis on generating income.
Newcastle CVS was established in 1929 and has had its current name since 1968.
But the organisation now operates beyond Newcastle and trades and provides advocacy in addition to its traditional local infrastructure role, hence the change to a yet-to-be decided new name.
The majority of its income is derived from grants and contracts, most notably with Gateshead Council, NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group and Newcastle City Council.
Young, who was previously chief executive of the Edward Lloyd Trust, said the landscape for councils for voluntary service had changed dramatically during her time, with short-term contracts replacing grants and charities expected to do more with less funding.
But she said there was now a move away from contracts amid growing awareness they often rewarded the lowest bids and did not improve services.
"I hope we are coming to the end of contracts," she said.