The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has announced that its director Martin Brookes is to leave ‘by mutual agreement’.

Brookes joined the grant-making foundation as director in June 2013 and has led a strategic review of the organisation and the development of plans for its future.

In a short statement from the Foundation, Brookes said: “I am proud to have led the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and helped it think through its future strategy.

“I did this in a way that encouraged openness and debate as well as contributions from outside, bringing in opinions from across the range of fields the Foundation supports. It was a privilege to work with talented people in the organisation and beyond.”

Jane Hamlyn, chair of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said: “I am grateful to Martin for his work with our trustees and our team in helping to shape our new strategy. The building blocks of this are now in place. We wish Martin well for the future.”

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation provides grant funding for the arts, education and social justice initiatives. Its annual Awards for Artists, initiated in 1993, are designed to encourage artists to continue their practice ‘despite outside pressures, financial or otherwise’.

Visual artists who received awards in 2013 were Margaret Harrison, Stewart Home, Torsten Lauschmann, Cally Spooner and Ian White. Since the awards were launched, almost £4m has been awarded to around 100 artists.