Niccola Boyd-Stevenson (pictured), managing director of Panache Consultancy, has been appointed chairman of the Foodservice Consultants Society International, UK and Ireland (FCSI).
She succeeds David Bentley, managing director of the Russell Partnership, who steps down from the role after two years.
The official handover will take place at the FCSI AGM on 18 June, which will be held at RNLI headquarters in Poole, where she will set out her agenda for the society.
Boyd-Stevenson said: "David has made a huge impact on the FCSI in his two-year term and I will be continuing his efforts by working collaboratively with industry associations and adding value to our membership via professional development.
"Collaboration is central to my agenda. As the only professional organisation for catering management and design consultancy, the executive team and I will be working with our members to influence best practice, infiltrate Government policy and standardise good practice across the industry.
"I will also be looking at how FCSI members can work collectively on large projects, both in Europe and worldwide, to play to the strengths of members' individual skill sets and resources."
Current chairman Bentley added: "I have no doubt that Niccola will continue to achieve great things for the membership as well as the industry, thanks to her knowledge, skill and determination."
Further new appointments to the executive committee will be announced at the AGRM, including the appointment of Andrew Etherington, owner Andrew Etherington Associates, as vice-chairman.