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Diana Tickell, chief executive officer of ad industry charity Nabs, is set to leave the organization at the end of March 2022 after leading it for seven years.

She has led the charity, which provides support to those working in the UK’s advertising industry, since 2015. 

Tickell said: “I have loved my time at Nabs, leading the team in providing heartfelt support to the industry that I have worked in nearly all my career. Our vision that every organization not only believes, but actively demonstrates, that the wellbeing of all is the key to success, remains our guiding star. I would like to thank the Nabs team, trustees and all our brilliant supporters, many of whom have become friends, for their support. I know that Nabs can rely on them into the future.”

Tickell is due to ‘step back’ from full-time work, but will continue to be active in supporting industry causes and charities on a voluntary basis. Simon Daglish, chairman of Nabs, has been tasked with recruiting Tickell’s replacement.

In a statement, Tickell wrote: “After seven years leading Nabs, I will be leaving the organization at the end of March 2022.

“It’s been a tough decision to make. I’ll miss everything about Nabs, in particular the team, all of you who help and the difference we make to those we support. However, the time has come for me to enjoy a semi-retirement, and I’ll be spending the foreseeable future traveling as well as taking on some voluntary non-executive director roles.

“I’ve had a brilliant and inspiring time leading our industry’s charity since I joined in 2015. I’ve been honored to serve you and your teams by developing services and products that fulfill Nabs’s mission: to improve the wellbeing of everybody who works in advertising and media, and I’ve made some incredible friendships.

“I am sure that Nabs will continue to develop from strength to strength as it grows in ambition and stature. None of our work would be possible without your generosity, and I know that you will continue to support Nabs after I leave, as will I.”

Daglish said: “Diana has provided superb leadership to Nabs since she joined, setting a new vision and strategy for the charity and growing its funding, reach and impact. She leaves Nabs in great shape with ambitious plans to continue to support our industry. We will all miss her professionally and personally.”

Although it suffered revenue losses of over £1.6m due to the impact of the pandemic, Nabs says it supported more workers in the sector than ever before over the last two years.