Holden has been director of the UK organic association for 15 years, and has worked there for 20.
“The Soil Association is in my DNA and I will remain deeply committed to the organisation and its philosophy and principles for the rest of my life,” he said.
“It is because of the importance of these issues and against the background of growing concern about the security and fragility of our food systems, that I wish to give more time to work on an international level to accelerate the transition towards more sustainable food systems. I see this work as being closely aligned to the ongoing work of the Association, which I will continue to strongly support.”
Holden will hand over to his successor, to be appointed following a publically advertised recruitment process, on 30 September.