Dr Simon Festing, Chief Executive Officer of the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA), has taken the decision to resign with immediate effect.
Having joined the association in March 2020, Dr Festing helped steer the BHTA through the ensuing COVID-19 pandemic, alongside implementing a range of operational and strategic changes.
Andrew Stevenson, Chairman of the British Healthcare Trades Association, said: “The board of directors thank Simon for his efforts and wish him well for the future.”
Members of the Board and Senior Management Team will assume responsibilities for the management of the association, until such time as a new CEO is appointed.
Dr Festing is a qualified Doctor of Medicine who practised as a hospital doctor in his earlier career,
He joined the BHTA from the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOPA) where, as CEO, he steered the organisation as it supported its 1,700 strong membership.
Dr Festing previously held a senior roles at a number of leading third sector organisations, including the British Heart Foundation, as well as in government departments where he was instrumental in establishing policy changes.