Mencap has hired the former director of social services for Cheshire County Council as its new chief executive.
Jo Williams joins the charity in the new year as replacement for Fred Heddell, who has served as Mencap's chief executive for the past 12 years.
Heddell will continue to work with Mencap on various initiatives, including projects with international disability scheme Inclusion Europe.
Williams has previously been employed as president of the Association of Directors of Social Services and chaired the learning disability partnership board in Cheshire.
Brian Baldock, chair of Mencap, said: "Jo's vision and wealth of management experience will help us meet the challenges we face as an organisation such as the growing demand for our services."