Carol Lynch joins the trust on 3rd October 2016. Current executive director Christine Townley, who has been with the trust for more than 10 years, will take on a new role as the trust's ambassador.
Carol Lynch started her career in construction, as a civil engineer on major projects including the Channel Tunnel. However, she has spent the past 20 years in the voluntary sector.
She has been chief executive of Kent Community Foundation since 2010. Before this, she was managing director of Worklife Support, a social enterprise providing training programmes to schools and charities.
Construction Youth Trust works with people aged 14 to 30 from challenging backgrounds to provide employment opportunities in the construction industry.
Andy Wates, chair of the trustees, said: "We believe Carol's combination of industry knowledge, and her experience in the voluntary sector, in particular working in schools, makes her ideal to take the trust forward."
Carol Lynch said: "The construction industry gave me a fantastic grounding in my own career and I look forward to working with the team to promote the exciting opportunities that construction can offer other young people. As a female engineer, campaigns such as #NotJustForBoys are particularly close to my heart."