NCH has recruited Clare Tickell, chief executive of housing association Stonham, as its new chief executive.
She will start in January, succeeding interim chief executive Maurice Rumbold, who took responsibility for the organisation's overall activities after Deryk Mead stepped down in February. Rumbold, formerly deputy chief executive, announced his retirement in September 2003 but later decided to stay with NCH until a new chief executive was taken on.
Tickell has long-standing experience of working with vulnerable and socially excluded groups. Prior to joining Stonham, she was chief executive of drug rehabilitation charity Phoenix House. She also worked as director of Riverpoint Single Homeless Association and as deputy director of Centrepoint.
"We are confident that Clare will bring the dynamism and clarity of vision that will take NCH on to new successes," said NCH chairman Gordon Edington.