In her new post, she will be responsible for internal personnel and budget matters, the line management of political support posts and for co-ordinating meetings, administration and standards of service.
Before joining the AMA, Joan Jones was with the ACC for nine years - first as a principal officer for four years, she was then promoted to assistant secretary.
She started her career as a teacher with Surrey CC in 1966 after Thornbury Grammar School and Exeter University. she then moved to Bristol University as an assistant librarian and to Exeter University in a similar position. She joined Gloucestershire CC as a personnel officer in 1971 becoming chief executive's support officer in 1974.
She added that her priorities would be to build morale, create the 'one organisation' ethos, enusre everyone is satisfied with the serives they recieve and for members - and staff - to be proud of their new organisation.