Glenys Stacey will become chief executive of examinations and qualifications regulator Ofqual from March next year.
Ms Stacey will be leaving her current position as chief executive of Standards for England, the non-departmental body responsible for promoting high ethical standards in local democracy.
She will replace current Ofqual chief executive Isabel Nisbet, who will take up the post of senior education adviser (Asia Pacific Region) with University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).
“I am thrilled to be joining Ofqual at such an exciting time,” said Ms Stacey.
“2011 brings growth and development for Ofqual, with an education bill and a new international focus. It brings the expected challenges as well, in the delivery of the awarding season and the changes to GCSEs this summer.”
Whilst at Standards for England, Ms Stacey played a crucial role in developing the organisation’s regulatory philosophy and approach, and its regulation, risk and standards functions.
Ofqual’s deputy chair, Sandra Burslem, said: “Glenys has substantial experience of leading and brings many years of senior management experience gained across a variety of public bodies.
“I am confident she will make a great contribution to the work of the Ofqual Board and be a major asset to the organisation.”
(Pictured: Incoming Ofqual CEO Glenys Stacey)