Gillian Morbey will step down in July after eight years as chief executive of deafblindness charity Sense.
Morbey, who was appointed chief executive of the charity in October 2010, is retiring from the role but will work part time on the charity's implementation of a new centre in Birmingham.
She was previously head of Sense Scotland from 1985-2010 and was awarded an OBE in 1995.
Richard Kramer, who is the charity’s deputy chief executive and director of policy and communications, will succeed Morbey.
Morbey said: “I have served the Sense family for over 35 years. I have experienced some really difficult times and some truly joyous moments and have shared these times with courageous families and wonderful staff.
“Sense and Sense International will thrive and prosper. I wish everyone well – it’s been a real privilege.”
Justin Molloy, the charity’s chair, said: “Gill has led Sense through some of the most turbulent times that charities have had to face and has done so with huge determination, authenticity, and with a leadership style that has been an inspiration to the whole organisation.
“Gill has pioneered the establishment of the TouchBase model, both in Scotland and England. In doing so, she has brought innovation, creativity and a social entrepreneurial approach, not only to Sense but the wider sector.”
Kramer said: “Over the last five years I have been touched by the incredible work Sense do. I am immensely proud and humbled to be appointed chief executive.
“This is a charity that I love and which matters to me. Sense’s work is vitally important and we continue to strive to bring positive change for the people we support and their families.”