Campbell Robb, who was the first director general of the Office of the Third Sector in the Cabinet Office, is taking up the position of chief executive at social justice charity Nacro from July.
He leaves his current role as chief executive of the York-based Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT) at the end of June after more than two years.
He led the Office of the Third Sector, now called the Office for Civil Society, from its creation in 2006, before leaving to head up the homelessness charity Shelter in 2009.
Robb said: “It is now time for me to accept a new challenge, to be closer to home, and for new leadership to guide JRF and JRHT through the next stage of its crucial mission to achieve a prosperous UK without poverty.
“Nacro’s work providing education and skills, relieving homelessness, and supporting people with substance misuse problems and those coming out of prison is needed more than ever.”
"Passion and commitment to social justice"
Robb replaces Jacob Tas, who has been CEO of Nacro for five years.
Nigel Chapman, chair of trustees at Nacro, said: “We are delighted to welcome Campbell to Nacro.
"His extensive experience and track record of success leading Shelter, JRF and in government will help the organisation continue to grow the support we deliver to disadvantaged young people and adults.
"Campbell’s ability to influence policy at all levels will improve the quality of the services for the people we support.
"His passion and commitment to social justice was evident throughout the recruitment process and has been demonstrated consistently throughout his career."
Will Haire CB, chair of trustees at JRF, said Robb was leaving the charity in a stronger financial position, and that the charity had transformed itself into a modern social change organisation.
He said: “Campbell has led a comprehensive change programme across the organisation which has put values and outcomes at the heart of what we do.”