Ian McKerracher has resigned as CEO of The Restaurant Association after four years in the role. He will leave at the end of September.

He explained: "There is never a good time to leave a job like this but my priorities have changed and, while I still want to be involved in the industry by focusing on one or two projects such as National Restaurant Week, I am keen to spend more time with my young family."

In his time at The Restaurant Association, McKerracher has lobbied successfully on a number of issues, helping to save the industry many millions of pounds. He has also revived the Young Chef Young Waiter competition, launched National Restaurant Week, introduced Food Safety Together and commissioned the first Restaurant Industry Gold Standard report.

Restaurant Association chairman Andrew Guy commented: "Ian has transformed The Restaurant Association into a highly visible, active organisation representing restaurants across the UK. His contribution will be greatly missed. We will be looking for a successor."

McKerracher concluded: "It has been a very rewarding four years and I have been grateful for the support of industry colleagues and my excellent team."