Peter Lewis, current chief executive of London Voluntary Service Council, is to take the helm at the Institute of Fundraising from October 2011.
Lewis, a former City solicitor, has previously worked for the national homelessness charity Crisis, and is the former chief executive of the London Cycling Campaign. He also brings with him experience of local government having previously held a senior role at the Greater London Authority for six years.
"We have found someone who has a successful track record of not only leading membership based charities, but also in senior roles in government and the private sector. Peter will be a great asset to our already strong team," said Mark Astarita, chair of the Institute.
Lewis said he is "passionate" about the work of the voluntary sector, and that he is looking forward to working with government and other partners to "really unlock the giving potential" of this country. "Never has the role of fundraisers in bringing in every penny of extra cash been more important than at this time of public spending cuts and continued economic uncertainty.The Institute's task in supporting, training and speaking on behalf of fundraisers, the lifeblood of any organisation, is crucial."
Lewis replaces Amanda McLean who resigned as chief executive in March after just four months in the role. She cited wanting to spend more time with her family as the reason for her departure.
The Institute of Fundraising aims to support fundraisers through leadership, representation, standards setting and education, to deliver excellent fundraising. It is the largest individual representative body in the voluntary sector with 5200 Individual members and more than 330 Organisational members.