Cambridgeshire CC chief Mark Lloyd has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Local Government Association.
Mr Lloyd will replace Carolyn Downs who will join Brent LBC as its chief executive in the autumn.
It is not yet known when Mr Lloyd will officially join the LGA from Cambridgeshire where he has been chief executive since 2008.
In the past seven years Mr Lloyd has overseen an agreement with the government for a city deal worth £500m, and also led on the development and implementation of the sector’s largest shared service, the LGSS.
Before he joined Cambridgeshire, Mr Lloyd was Durham CC’s chief executive where he led on plans to turn the council into a unitary authority.
In a statement Mr Lloyd said: “Like councillors across the country, the LGA’s leadership is determined to ensure local areas get substantial devolution deals and support councils’ efforts to drive economic growth, support job creation and tackle housing needs.
“It will be my privilege to draw upon my experience of running councils to help the LGA achieve objectives that matter to our member councils across the whole country.”
LGA chair Gary Porter (Con) said Mr Lloyd was the “standout candidate” and added his expertise and experience would be “invaluable” to the LGA.
“I look forward to working with him to continue to drive forward the key issues for our members on further devolution, fair funding and securing a sustainable adult social care system,” said Cllr Porter.