The care charity Sue Ryder has appointed Heidi Travis, its director of retail, as its next chief executive.
Travis, who has been with the charity since March 2010, will take over from Paul Woodward in November.
Woodward is leaving the charity after seven years in charge to become chair of Buckinghamshire Care, a trading company set up by Buckinghamshire County Council. He and Travis will work together on a phased handover that will begin by the end of September.
The charity, which had an income of £83.9m in 2012/13 and employs more than 2,100 people, said Travis, who will be paid £120,000 a year, had been instrumental in overhauling the charity’s retail business.
Before joining the charity she worked as a business consultant and before that was executive in group planning and strategy at the retailer Marks & Spencer.
Roger Paffard, chair of Sue Ryder, said: "Heidi’s extensive leadership background has prepared her to take the reins as chief executive at an exciting time for us. Heidi was instrumental in the development of our new strategy and five-year plan and will now look to ensure that is delivered successfully."
Travis said she was thrilled to take on the role. "Over the past seven years, Sue Ryder has grown in stability and strength," she said. "We’re now in a strong position to develop our care offering and campaigning activities, to ensure more people living with a long-term illness or facing the end of their life are supported."