The development charity VSO has appointed Philip Goodwin as its new chief executive.
He will join in March from the development charity Tree Aid, where he is chief executive.
Goodwin replaces Marg Mayne, who left VSO in July to become chief executive of the leisure services social enterprise Mytime Active.
Goodwin, who has been head of Tree Aid since June 2010, spent 11 years at the British Council, during which he spent time in Kenya, Belgium, Pakistan and Uganda.
He co-wrote a book on leadership with the consultant Tony Page, based on his experience of leading organisational change.
Mari Simonen, chair of VSO’s international board, said: "Philip has significant experience of overseeing quality programmes, leading high-performing teams and working in complex funding environments – the skills we were looking for in our new chief executive."
Goodwin said he was honoured to take up the new role. "VSO is a highly respected organisation in the international development world with a long history of mobilising knowledge and unlocking potential to deliver transformational change around the world.
"I am looking forward to working with the global VSO team and its partners to help deliver its vision of a world free of poverty."