Tim Hulme, the chief executive of the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) is to leave the organisation.
He will remain at the BII until 31 March 2016 and in the meantime will work with chairman Anthony Pender on an effective handover.
In a statement, the trustees of the BII said: "The trustees are sorry to announce the departure of Tim Hulme as chief executive of the British Institute of Innkeeping from 31 March 2016. Having led the organisation for the past three years, he has decided that he now wishes to explore other opportunities.
"Tim's vision and commitment over the years have driven reform of the organisation, making fundamental changes that have both stabilised the business and helped to get it in the solid position it is today.
"His departure will follow the completion of several major projects designed to ensure the awarding body continues to grow, and the membership organisation will continue to add value for individuals and help to raise professional standards. It's an exciting time for BII and we have ambitious plans for further growth and development. As always, our members remain at the heart of the association.
"The trustees would like to take this opportunity to thank Tim and wish him every success in his future endeavours."