The relationship charity Marriage Care has appointed Mark Molden as chief executive.
Molden joined the organisation today from the same position at the partner relationship charity Care for the Family.
He is a former chair of the National Academy of Parenting Practitioners.
Molden replaces Terry Prendergast, who is retiring after 12 years in the role. Prendergast will take on a supportive and consultancy role with the organisation until his retirement on 31 March.
Molden’s appointment coincides with the latest round of government funding for relationship support services.
He said: "The services provided by the organisation are needed more than ever and the season of increasing collaboration within the sector means we could make a real difference in the relationship health of a generation."
Marriage Care, which according to the Charity Commission website had an income of £1.2m in 2011/12, helps couples through difficult periods in their relationships.
It is a Christian organisation "developed within the Catholic community of people concerned about marriage and couple relationships", according to its website.
"However, we accept those who come to us without judgement or discrimination in relation to their relationship status, creed, race, gender or sexual orientation."
It runs one-day courses designed to prepare couples for married life and long-term relationships.