The chief executive of the Metro Centre, the south-east London-based HIV prevention and sexual health charity Marguerite McLaughlin BEM, has stepped down.

After having been at the helm of the charity for ten years, during which she oversaw considerable change and growth, McLaughlin announced her resignation today.

Under her leadership, METRO has expanded its service provision and reach considerably to provide a range of mental health, sexual health, HIV and youth services to anyone experiencing issues with gender, sexuality, identity and diversity.

Shannon West, Chair of METRO’s Board of Trustees said: “Marguerite has led METRO for 10 years through numerous positive changes and developments and leaves us in a strong, stable position with an expansion of service types and locations and considerable growth in turnover and staff. Marguerite is leaving the organisation for family reasons and will be greatly missed by all staff, volunteers and trustees.”

Before her departure McLaughlin ensure that the charity was steady and prepared for new funding, commissioning and strategic strategies facing the third sector. Her work was recognised through a number of awards, including the British Empire Medal earlier this year.

McLaughlin’s departure is made particularly relevant because last month it was announced that Sir Nick Partridge will step down from his role as chief executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust in October 2013.

Sir Nick joined Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) as its first paid member of staff in 1985 when it operated out of a small London office run by a determined and dedicated group of volunteers.