Emma Revie has been appointed chief executive of the Trussell Trust, the anti-poverty charity has announced.
The trust has expanded rapidly in recent years and now runs a network of 420 food banks across the UK, providing food to people in crisis. According to the charity's own figures, it distributed nearly 600,000 emergency food parcels in the six months from April 2017, more than 200,000 of which went to children.
In a statement released today, Revie acknowledged the "significant challenges" the charity would need to address as demand for its services increased, citing the impact of welfare policies on families all over the country.
Revie said she relished the opportunity to help the charity continue its fight against hunger.
"I want to see the end of the need for emergency food services in our country, to work with government to ensure that our benefits system provides a genuine safety net for people and work is paid a fair wage, allowing individuals and families to thrive rather than just stave off crisis," she said.
"Although the recent Budget marked a positive step forward, there is still much more to be done, and I look forward to working with our staff and food bank network to bring further change."
Revie, who will take up her new role in February, will be paid £80,000 a year. The charity’s most recent accounts, for the year to the end of March 2016, show McAuley was paid £59,251.
Elizabeth Pollard, chair of the Trussell Trust, said: "Over the past year alone food banks in our network have helped hundreds of thousands of men, women and children referred to them in crisis, and demand is rising. With her enormously impressive track record, we are convinced that Emma has the vision and experience to lead the trust through these challenges."
The trust has grown rapidly from running a single food bank 20 years ago. In September, Pollard told Third Sector that the charity's campaigning had led to some "challenging conversations" with politicians, but insisted "we have a duty to highlight the instances and causes of hunger with policy-makers across the UK".