The Financial Services Skills Council has promoted Teresa Sayers to the post of chief executive.
Sayers steps up from managing director, a role she has held since November after spells as the FSSC's director of research and development and acting chief executive.
As MD, she was instrumental in developing the FSSC's bid for a licence from Education Secretary Charles Clarke, which allows it to work in partnership with employers and trade unions to provide leadership for training and education for the financial services sector.
She was previously research manager for the Insurance and Related Financial Services Training Organisation and a careers officer at the Chartered Insurance Institute.
She says: “I look forward to working with the board to carry forward the skills council's ambitious aims and objectives.”
Legal & General group chief executive and chair of the FSSC board David Prosser says: “Teresa has led the FSSC team at a time of significant transition and I look forward to working with her in dealing with the challenges ahead.”