Chris Underwood is stepping down as general secretary of the Chartered Institute of Journalists after 15 years and will be succeeded by Dominic Cooper.
Cooper has been Underwood’s deputy since 1999 and before that was the IoJ’s membership manager.
Underwood will continue as a consultant to the CIoJ and will work alongside Cooper during the “handover” period, after which he will be on call to assist the institute with legal and industrial tribunal cases. Underwood, who joined the institute in 1977, went on to become chairman of its broadcasting division, while a BBC journalist, before joining head office staff as an employee in 1988.
He said: “For the avoidance of any doubts which arise when people leave, the idea to spend more time with family was my own. I have had a number of offers, some of which are of interest, which will enable me to continue exercising my brain while spending the summer months at Lords or the Oval.”