David Workman is stepping down as director general of the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) after six years in the job.
An announcement said Workman would leave later in the year, giving the CPI time to appoint his successor.
Workman said he had enjoyed his time in the role and would leave “with very mixed feelings”.
“I believe that the time is right for a change. The legislative landscape is evolving, and bringing with it fresh challenges that I think are best handled by someone able to lead the organisation through into the 2020s.
“My successor will inherit a fantastic team of people who have transformed CPI into a high-profile and successful trade association.”
The CPI thanked Workman for his dedication and leadership in raising the profile of the organisation and defending the interests of its members.
Applications are now being sought for his replacement, with an expectation that candidates are already running a trade association, preferably in a related paper or energy-intensive sector, and able to demonstrate a successful track record in influencing government at all levels.
The CPI represents recovered paper merchants, paper and board manufacturers and converters, corrugated packaging producers and makers of soft tissue papers. The industry has an aggregate annual turnover of £6.5bn, with 25,000 direct and more than 100,000 indirect employees.
A detailed specification is on the CPI website: www.paper.org.uk.