ENGINEERING & Technology Board (ETB) chief executive Alan Clark is to step down from his post in September.
The ETB board has also agreed that chairman Sir Peter Williams will move on 12 months later as part of a phased hand over to a new senior management team.
Cvvlarke said the decision to move on was his.
After spending three years setting up the new engineering promotion organisation, he said he felt a 'new brain' was needed to take the ETB forward.
'I always believed that a three year stint would be the right period for the first chief executive of this new organisation, ' said Clark. 'I have been discussing the transition with Peter Williams for some time.' The ETB was born out of a root and branch review of the former Engineering Council role by Sir Robert Hawley in early 2001.
This split the role into registration of engineers - now carried out by EC(UK) - and promotion.
The ETB was formed in October 2001 with Clark as chief executive in charge of a £7M annual budget, funded largely by a levy paid by each chartered engineer.
Clark said he remained totally committed to delivering the ETB's business plan.
This includes developing the ETB's website www. scenta. org.
uk and working with the professions to promote engineering to a wider audience. These include initiatives such as the recent link with the Olympic Games to promote 'engineering in sport'.
Recruitment for a new chief executive starts this week.