Scope has appointed Mark Hodgkinson as its new chief executive, starting in January 2019.
He will replace Mark Atkinson, who left the charity at the end of October to join Action on Hearing Loss.
Hodgkinson most recently worked for McDonald’s as their development license representative in Nordic countries.
Before that, he was the interim chief executive of the government’s housebuilding agency Homes England and held the same role at private care home business brighterkind.
He also previously held marketing roles at HMV, Asda, EMI Music and Virgin.
Andrew McDonald, the charity’s chair, said: “I am delighted that Mark has agreed to join us. His understanding of, and empathy with Scope’s history and ambitions for equality for disabled people shone through, as did his qualities of leadership, acumen and character.
“I am delighted that he will be at the helm of Scope as we strive to make equality a reality for disabled people, every day.”
Hodgkinson said he was honoured to be appointed Scope’s chief executive and wanted to build on the charity’s strategy to 2022, launched two years ago.
He said: “I am excited about leading Scope through this period, as I think it is on the cusp of achieving great changes with and for disabled people.
“I want to build on the great start made by Mark Atkinson and the leadership team over the last few years. I was inspired by the vision of everyday equality for disabled people and am now keen to ensure that we follow through on this ambitious strategy.
"One in five people in the UK is disabled, and we have to work together to build a society which is more inclusive and is fair for all.
“I am joining an impressive team who are dedicated to achieving this goal through influencing business practices, government policy and the public’s attitudes, and providing advice and support to thousands of disabled people, carers and parents of disabled children.”
Hodgkinson will join Scope on 7 January 2019.