The Association of Colleges has announced Julie Nerney as its next chair of the board.
She will take over when Carole Stott MBE steps down at the end of the year.
Ms Nerney is currently chair of the board of governors at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, having previously led the City College Brighton and Hove board.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the AoC as their new chair,” she said. “I am passionate about the contribution that colleges make to support students in achieving their goals.”
“It will be great to be part of an organisation that does such fantastic work providing support and leadership to the sector at both national and local level, including its influencing of government on policies impacting the sector, students and staff.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting members once I take up post in January.”
Ms Nerney has spent much of her career as a successful entrepreneur and now supports businesses with organisational transformation and change management.
In 2012, she was part of the leadership team delivering the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
A chartered director for the Institute of Directors, she also undertakes voluntary work with the Prince’s Trust, and ambassadorial roles for government aimed at improving diversity in public life.
“Being chair of AoC and working alongside such passionate and committed staff across our membership is a privilege and pleasure, as well as a big responsibility,” said Ms Stott.
“Our colleges play such an important role in their communities and in our success and wellbeing as a nation. They are forces for good that develop talent, transform lives and support individual and collective prosperity and success. They should be supported and cherished and that is why the role of AoC is such an important one.”