Abbeyfield Society chief executive officer David McCullough has died, the charity has announced.
He passed away suddenly on Monday 8 February, Abbeyfield said in a statement.
Following a career in retail, IT and financial services, David held senior positions at Oxfam and the Royal Voluntary Service before joining Abbeyfield as CEO in August 2017.
During his time at the charity he oversaw an organisational strategic review in how it supports older people through the provision of housing and care.
The organisation had lost ‘a true friend’, Abbeyfield chair Ian Plaistowe said. ‘David was incredibly dedicated and passionate, with great empathy for others. His leadership and strategic thinking were a true asset to Abbeyfield, bringing a fresh approach to the way we work and showing tremendous drive to move the organisation forward.
‘David’s priority was improving the lives of older people and exploring ways of keeping them connected to their communities. His kindness, warmth and humour will be sorely missed by those who knew him.’
David chaired the board of trustees at alternative trading company Twin Trading, helping farmers in developing countries receive fair pay. He was also a trustee of the Postcode International Trust, which supports projects that create sustainable solutions to alleviate poverty, hunger and enable food security overseas.
Plaistowe added: ‘We will continue taking David’s work forward to ensure it is a lasting tribute to his inspirational leadership. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.’
Abbeyfield will decide on succession planning in due course.
Established in 1956, Abbeyfield Society provides housing, residential care and support to older people. The organisation has more than 450 homes in the UK and overseas, supporting 8,000 older people.