The Hospitality Guild has announced that Suzy Jackson will be leaving her position as executive director at the end of September.
Operations director Sophie Roberts-Brown, who joined the Hospitality Guild from the Academy of Food and Wine Service last year, will take over the day to day management of the body.
Jackson has been at the helm since the formation of the Hospitality Guild in early 2012. She launched the Guild's careers web portal and launched the Young Hall of Fame, as well as securing the funding for Hospitality House, an training and meeting hub for the industry.
David Fairhurst, chair of People 1st, one of the Guild's founding partners, said: "Suzy's entrepreneurial skills, leadership and passionate commitment to the hospitality industry have helped drive the Guild forward significantly during the last two years.
"As we move to the end of the public funding which was received to establish the Guild, it is clear that Suzy leaves a fantastic legacy in building the platform that will support the Guild's sustainable future and she has been key to developing its five year strategic plan. I know many in the industry will join me in thanking her for her powerful contribution and wishing her well in the future."
Commenting on her departure, Jackson told Caterer and Hotelkeeper: "We had been doing a lot of strategic thinking now that we were at the end of the phase of setting the Guild up and it was time to sit back back and think what is the best infrastructure to deliver, going into this operational phase. We agreed that perhaps it would run better as an operating organisation so I decided it was good legacy to leave and time to go."
Jackson, who was previously central operations director for Punch Taverns before joining the Hospitality Guild, has not yet decided on her next move.