The Association of Charitable Foundations has announced that Carol Mack, its deputy chief executive, will take over as chief executive from next month.
Mack, who has been deputy chief executive at the membership body for the past 12 years, will take over from David Emerson, who announced in August that he was to stand down at the end of this month after 13 years in the role.
Mack, who is chair of the Wales Funders Forum, vice-chair of Tree Aid and a former member of the audit committee at Victim Support, worked on policy formulation at the Charity Commission before joining the ACF.
She said in a statement: "I am both proud and thrilled to be taking up the role of chief executive at what is a key moment for the organisation, its members and the sector more widely. Effective foundations are essential to the health and diversity of civil society, and I look forward to working on their behalf to maintain and enhance a policy and operating environment that supports their vital work."
Emerson said she was an excellent appointment. "As the organisation enters a new strategic period, Carol will offer the continuity, clear-sighted leadership and fresh vision that is needed to ensure the ACF continues to go from strength to strength," he said.
When he announced his departure, Emerson said he would continue to work one day a week for the ACF in a supporting role. But an ACF spokesman said today this had been agreed on the basis that his successor would be new to the organisation, so the agreement would no longer be the case.
Amanda Jordan, chair of the ACF, said the appointment panel had no doubts that Mack was the right person for the job. "I am delighted she accepted our offer and I speak for the entire board when I say how much we are looking forward to working with her in the coming years," she said.