Margaret Kelly is set to become Northern Ireland's new Public Services Ombudsman.
The Ombudsman is a watchdog which holds public bodies to account.
The Northern Ireland Assembly Commission has identified Ms Kelly as the new Ombudsman for nomination by the Assembly. Appointment is by Royal Warrant and is for a single period of seven years.
Assembly Speaker Alex Maskey, who chairs the Assembly Commission, said: "Margaret Kelly has a long track record in the voluntary and community sector in posts where she has significant experience of dealing with public services and working with those who deliver them."
Ms Kelly was most recently the director of MENCAP Northern Ireland, a post she held for five years.
Prior to that, she has spent more than 25 years working in the voluntary and community sector and held leading roles in Gingerbread, Barnardo's and the Fostering Network.