Elizabeth France CBE began her new role as the Chair of the Security Industry Authority on the 15th January.
Mrs France has extensive experience in the criminal justice sector and is the non-executive Chair of the Office for Legal Complaints.
Following an open selection process, Bill Matthews has been re-appointed as the Board member with particular responsibility for representing Scottish interests.
Home Office Minister for Criminal Information Lord Taylor said: “I am very pleased to announce Elizabeth France as the chairman of the Security Industry Authority.
“With extensive experience within the police and security sector, Elizabeth has just what it takes to drive the Authority forward.
“I would also like to thank Bill Matthews for his significant contribution as interim SIA chairman over the last 12 months.”
Mrs France’s term as Chair runs for three years from 15th January.