The think tank New Philanthropy Capital has appointed as its new chief executive Dan Corry, once an economic adviser to the former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.
Corry, who is director of the economics division of FTI Consulting, where his role has included analysis of the cost-effectiveness of the charity Family Rights Group, will take up the role on 10 October.
He replaces Martin Brookes, who left last month to join the hedge fund Fulcrum Asset Management.
Corry was head of the Number 10 Policy Unit and senior adviser to Brown on the economy from 2007 to 2010. He ran the New Local Government Network think tank between 2002 and 2005 and was senior economist at the Institute for Public Policy Research in the 1990s.
In a statement, he said NPC was an impressive organisation and a leader in its field, and he looked forward to taking it on to even greater things.
"The issues that NPC deals with are not only core to the business of charities and donors, but are also at the heart of many debates about how we make our society stronger and fairer," Corry said.
NPC has also appointed Conservative peer Baroness Stedman-Scott, chief executive of the employment charity Tomorrow’s People, to its board of trustees. She joined in mid-August.
Peter Wheeler, chair and co-founder of NPC, said he was excited about both appointments.
"Dan has an impressive and wide-ranging background, including experience at the highest levels of Whitehall," he said. "He is ideally positioned to lead NPC, ensuring our consulting activities continue to help charities and donors to make the greatest difference possible, while stirring up debate and finding fresh solutions through our think tank work.
"Our board will also benefit from the depth of experience and insights that Debbie brings from her years heading a leading front-line charity."