Jewish Care’s chief executive will step down in 2018 after 15 years in the role.

Under Simon Morris’ leadership, the health and social care charity has significantly expanded across the community and wider social care world.

Morris has been credited with initiating a programme of modernisation and change, which has seen the organisation provide a range of new services and invest in new building programmes.

Reflecting on his long period at the helm, Morris said: “I feel honoured and privileged to have been in this position and proud of the progress that has been made during my time here –progress that would not have been possible without support from the Jewish Care board of trustees, my colleagues and the wider community.”

Jewish Care president Lord Levy said: “Over the last 20 years, we have transformed into a leading social care provider both in the national arena and within the Jewish community. It is a jewel in the crown. We owe a great debt of gratitude to Simon. His contribution to Jewish Care and our community has been invaluable”.

Chairman Steven Lewis said: “I have enjoyed working with Simon and while I will be sorry to see him step down as chief executive, I fully understand and respect his desire to seek new challenges.

“Thanks to Simon’s leadership this organisation is in a strong position. He is a hard act to follow, but we are confident we will attract high-calibre candidates with the skills, vision and passion to drive us forward.

“Simon’s departure will mark the next chapter in Jewish Care’s long history.  For now, it is very much business as usual. We will never lose sight of our primary objective: to provide quality care services to the thousands of people who rely on us every single day of the year.”

The charity confirmed that Morris will remain in his role until a successor is found.