Jeremy Pocklington will take over the position of director general for housing at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in September.
He will replace Helen MacNamara, who has been in the role since 2016 and is leaving to become director general of propriety and ethics in the Cabinet Office.
Pocklington previously held the position of director general in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
“I am delighted to take up this exciting challenge as the government builds the homes our country needs, ensuring safe and decent homes in a market that’s fit for the future,” he said.
The director general for housing sits on the MHCLG board which advises ministers on the effectiveness of policy proposals and how to implement them.
During MacNamara’s time in the role she was responsible for government policy on housing including £25bn of investment, the Homes and Communities Agency, the planning Inspectorate and the planning system.