Intellect's director general is leaving his post to take the reins of the pan-European body for the technology industry.

John Higgins is leaving Intellect in the New Year to take up the post of director general at DIGITALEUROPE.

Higgins has been DG at Intellect since its foundation in 2002 and has led the growth of the organisation, which has around 800 member companies in the ICT and consumer electronics (CE) industries in the UK.

DIGITALEUROPE's members include 61 global corporations and 37 national trade associations from across Europe. Higgins has served on the Board of DIGITALEUROPE for several years, with Intellect having been one of its founding members.

Higgins said: "The last 10 years have seen dramatic changes in the ICT and CE landscape and during that time Intellect has helped shape public policy, develop markets and enable members to improve their business performance.

"Intellect has a very strong team in place and it has been a pleasure working with them. They will continue to provide a powerful voice for the technology sector as it delivers growth and jobs to the economy."

Higgins has worked in the IT industry since graduating in 1975. He has an honours degree in mathematics from UEA and a diploma in accounting and finance from the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants. He was awarded a CBE in the queen's birthday honours list in 2005.

Intellect is going through recruitment firm NBI Human Capital to find Higgins' successor.

Earlier this month Intellect said that splitting banks between retail and investment arms, as advocated by the Vickers report, was not a "silver bullet" that will ensure the stability of the UK's economy. Intellect said that instead making better use of the banks' reportable data was key.