Fair trade organisation Traidcraft is on the hunt for a new chief executive following the departure of Mags Vaughan, who left the post in December.
The Gateshead-based group, which comprises a public limited company and a development charity, is looking for a replacement to lead the influential organisation.
Ms Vaughan, who was the first female chief executive of Traidcraft, spent 10 years at the business in roles such as operations director, and business director with strategic responsibility for developing and implementing organisational strategy.
She took over the role as acting chief executive before her permanent appointment in April 2013.
Ram Gidoomal, Traidcraft’s chairman, said: “These are exciting times for a dynamic and pioneering organisation like Traidcraft but there are also challenges associated with the current economic climate.
“The role of chief executive provides a unique opportunity for a dynamic individual to lead, re-shape, invigorate and inspire a truly unique organisation.
“The incoming chief executive will have opportunities to re-invigorate our pioneering heritage, to shape and mould a fresh vision for the future; to begin a new chapter in Traidcraft’s story.”
Andy Biggs, a non-executive director of Traidcraft, is taking on the role of interim managing director until Traidcraft identifies a successor.
Ms Vaughan said: “The last 10 years have been incredible here at Traidcraft and I am very proud of what has been achieved in that time. I wish the organisation continued success in its mission to fight poverty through trade.
“It has been a privilege to serve amongst a team of such dedicated staff, supporters, producers and partners, united in a common goal and purpose.”
Prior to joining Traidcraft, Ms Vaughan held various engineering and senior commercial roles within the oil and chemical industry in the North East.
Traidcraft is now advertising for the chief executive position, which is based between Gateshead and London and offers a salary range between £75,000-£85,000.
Last year Traidcraft was voted in the top three most ethical companies in the UK by reader of Ethical Consumer magazine.
The ranking put the Team Valley-based organisation ahead of national firms such as John Lewis.