The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has announced the appointment of Mike Wilson as the new chief executive.
It is expected Wilson will take over the reins from SIA acting chief executive Andy Drane in September.
Wilson, currently chief executive of Gangmasters Licensing Authority - a campaigning organisation for agricultural employees - has extensive experience working with agencies and non-departmental public bodies, such as the Defence Vetting Agency, Joint Air Reconnaissance and Intelligence Centre and the Military Survey Defence Agency.
He also fulfilled a long military career with appointments in the United Kingdom, Germany, United States and Africa.
Baroness Henig, SIA chairman, said: "I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mike Wilson as the new chief executive of the SIA. The board and I look forward to working with Mike and we are confident that with his broad working experience, and with the support of his colleagues, he will build on the SIA's achievements and work collaboratively with government, industry and all the SIA's stakeholders to continue to take forward the successful regulation of the private security industry."