Danny Curtin will take over from Ruth Lesirge as chair of the Association of Chairs (AoC) in September.
Lesirge co-founded the body and will become its honorary life president. She will continue to be involved as an adviser and volunteer.
Curtin is already a trustee of the AoC, having joined the board four years ago. He first became a trustee in his twenties, has founded and chaired a youth charity and has been CEO of a second youth charity and a social enterprise. He ran his first marathon for charity this year.
He said: “I am delighted to have been appointed. I appreciate the confidence that this very experienced board has shown in me.
“The association has been massively important to me. Five years ago, still in my mid-thirties, I was a new chair and in joining the AoC I found the support and expertise I needed. I look forward to playing my part, as chair, in helping to contribute to the next phase of our growth.”
Lesirge said that it felt like the right time to move on. “As I look at the association now, I see that it has become something far more than one woman’s obsession. It’s something we have grown together, involving many people.
“Our membership of over 600 and our wider engagement have proved that the association is valued. It has found its place in the sector. So now, after four years as chair, it felt the right time to pass on the baton and allow me to focus on helping increase further our networks, our insights and our resources for chairs.”
First deputy chief executive
The AoC has also appointed its first deputy chief executive, Vicky Mirfin.
She was previously CEO at the membership charity Heart of the City, and most recently was deputy director at an education charity in London.