Bield has chosen Dr Lynne Douglas to take over the chief executive role.
She will take over from Brian Logan, after he stepped down following nine years in the role, to take up a new challenge as chief executive of Capability Scotland.
A highly-regarded and hugely experienced senior leader, Dr Douglas has held the role of Director of Allied Health in NHS Lothian since 2007.
Her current role includes professional and strategic responsibility for the NHS Lothian’s adult and children’s Allied Health Professionals, which has a £74m strategic budget, while her portfolio overall focuses on the interfacing of social care, education and third sector organisations to deliver improved outcomes for the public.
As part of her new job, one of her principal roles will be to implement Bield’s five-year business strategy which aims to position it as the leading provider.
Dr Douglas, who takes up her post in November, said: “I am delighted to be joining Bield at this exciting point in its history. The mission statement and values of Bield resonate with me strongly.”
Adding: “I am looking forward to engaging with tenants and working closely with staff to implement the business strategy and to further develop our services.”
As well as holding a number of senior positions throughout her career, Dr Douglas has also travelled as a sports dietician for Team GB supporting the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, one of the first dieticians to travel with the GB Sports Science team.
Susan Napier, the chair of Bield’s Board of Management, said: “Lynne stood out from a very strong field of applicants and we are convinced that she will further develop our organisation, providing strategic leadership at a time of transformational change for us.
“The Board and the Senior Management Team are very much looking forward to welcoming Lynne to Bield, and working in partnership to meet our ambitions for the future as we continue to improve the quality of life for older people in Scotland,” she continued.