Macgowan will head the charity until a permanent successor can be appointed. He will also remain as BEN's president until September, when he is due to step down.
Christopher Macgowan commented: “On behalf of the BEN Board I want to thank Gerard for his commitment over the last five years. All of us involved in BEN know that the work we do is of vital importance and Gerard is leaving BEN with our reputation rightly at a high level and our finances in good order.”
Barclay had been chief executive for five years, during which he has put the charity on a sound footing and raised its profile within the industry.
Barclay said: ”We have established a management team at BEN who is more than able to progress the many exciting initiatives both in fundraising and service provision. The financial position has been stabilised and will show a significant improvement in the order of £1 million on last year.”
“Having just celebrated 30 years in the industry the time is now right for me to move on. My personal plans are to develop a small portfolio of advisory roles, the first of which is helping establish a start-up logistics operation.”