The NMC has appointed Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes as its new chief executive and registrar.
Professor Weir-Hughes will take up the NMC post on 2 November, replacing the present incumbent Kathy George.
He is currently executive director of Nursing at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and a Professor of Nursing at London South Bank University.
Professor Weir-Hughes was previously chief nurse at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in London.
NMC chair Professor Tony Hazell said: ‘Dickon will bring to the NMC not only his extensive experience as a senior nurse manager who has provided leadership and delivered tangible results throughout his career, but also as someone who has demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting the most vulnerable in society both within the UK and beyond.
‘I must also pay tribute to the work of Kathy George who took on the role of Chief Executive and Registrar during a challenging period for the NMC,’ he added.
Professor Weir-Hughes said: ‘I am proud to have been offered one of the most influential and responsible roles within the UK’s nursing and midwifery professions.’