Tim, who is also leaving the board, has had to devote increasing time to his role as vice-chair of Supporters Direct, the UK umbrella board for trust.
Tribute has been paid to Tim, who will step down after the Trust’s annual meeting next week, by vice chair, David Craig on behalf of the board
David Craig said: “We would like to thank Tim for the enormous contribution he has made to the work and the success of the Trust over the past seven years.
“His commitment to the work of the Trust and the wider Trust movement has been exceptional and he has given the Trust an excellent profile in the media and wider.
“During his time as chair Tim has established good working relationships with Cardiff City while always representing the voice of our members, the fans of our beloved Bluebirds. And, of course, as chair Tim had a key role in the fundraising for the Fred Keenor statue.
“Tim will continue as a member of the Trust and we know that we can always turn to him if we need advice and help in the future.”
Tim Hartley said “It has been a privilege to have been Chair of the Trust for the last 7 years. There are still challenges ahead – we need to increase membership and improve communication.
“But let’s not forget our amazing successes. Anyone going to the Cardiff City Stadium will see our fantastic Fred Keenor statue and the Memorial Garden. We have lobbied on behalf of all fans, on pricing, policing and travel arrangements, on football governance and for a better future for the game we love. And let’s not forget the campaign for the return to blue. Together we have ensured that the club cannot ignore the views of the supporters. I’m pleased that our working relationship with Cardiff City’s management has improved markedly in recent times.”