Pat Ritchie has been appointed as new chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
She succeeds Bob Kerslake, who is becoming permanent secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Currently the HCA's director for the North East, Ritchie take up her new role as of 1 November and will remain in post until a permanent appointment is made next year.
Ritchie said: "I am excited to be leading the Agency at this crucial time. The job ahead will be extremely challenging as we reshape the HCA to support the Government's commitment to localism and drive out the best possible value for public money.
“The HCA has an important long term role and a strong offer to make to local authorities to help deliver their ambitions."