The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations has appointed Anna Fowlie as its next chief executive.
Fowlie, who has been chief executive of the Scottish Social Services Council since 2009, will succeed Martin Sime, who retired at the end of 2017 after more than 25 years in the role.
Before joining the SSSC, which registers people who work in social services and regulates their education and training, Fowlie worked for the Scottish government, leading a team that focused on improving outcomes for looked-after children.
Before that she worked for the umbrella body the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.
Andrew Burns, convenor of the SCVO, said: "From among the wealth of talent that came forward through our open recruitment process, Anna distinguished herself as a leader with the vision and the track record to bring about transformational change for the SCVO and Scotland's third sector."
Fowlie said the voluntary sector in Scotland had never had a more important role to play in the future of its communities and the direction of the country.
"I am eager to get down to work and experience for myself the amazing things achieved by the SCVO's staff team across each of our sites," she said. "An early priority for me will be to listen to SCVO members to ensure that their voices resonate through all that we do and say. I am grateful to trustees for their confidence in me and look forward to the challenges ahead."
Lucy McTernan, the SCVO’s deputy chief executive, will continue as acting chief executive until Fowlie joins in April.
A spokeswoman for the SCVO would not divulge the salaries of individual employees and was therefore unable to confirm how much Fowlie would be paid.
The charity’s most recent set of accounts show that its highest-paid employee, who is not identified, received between £90,001 and £100,000 in the year to the end of March 2017.