Steven Michael, chief executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust, has announced he will retire at the end of March next year.

He will also step down from his role as chair of the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network.

Mr Michael has worked in the NHS since 1985 and been chief executive at the South West Yorkshire mental health trust for the past nine years.

He intends to remain at the trust during a forthcoming CQC inspection in March 2016 before handing over to a successor.

He said: “It’s been a great privilege to occupy this position for nearly a decade. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here and I’m extremely proud of the organisation that it has become. I will leave next year with many happy memories to look back on, particularly of working with fantastic service users, carers, partner organisations, and an excellent group of staff.”

Stephen Dalton, chief executive of the MHN, said: “Steven has made an important and sustained contribution over a long period of time, not only to his own trust and community, but also to the wider community across the country. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues, who will hope that he hasn’t left the stage completely.”