The Children’s Society has appointed Matthew Reed as chief executive.
He stood down as chair of the Children’s Society’s fundraising committee this month, a board position he had held since September 2010, in order to accept the post of chief executive.
He will succeed the consultant Shan Nicholas, who has been leading the organisation on an interim basis since the departure of the long-serving chief executive Bob Reitemeier in November last year.
The society is preparing to publish its new vision until 2020.
The Rt Rev Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro and chair of the board of trustees, said: "We are thrilled to welcome Matthew Reed to the society and we are privileged to have him leading us through this next phase of our work.
"At a time when things are increasingly tough for vulnerable children and families, strong leadership is more important than ever."