Jodi Berg OBE will chair the newly created National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA).
The National Landlords Association, and the Residential Landlords Association merging form the new association.
Berg has spent over 30 years working within the management of public and public interest bodies.
She began her early career as a solicitor, entering the ombudsman world specialising in resolving disputes and complaints.
Her board experience includes a non-executive directorship of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme and chairmanship of public bodies including an NHS Trust, the Administrative Justice Forum and a probation service.
Berg takes over from Adrian Jeakings at the NLA and Alan Ward at the RLA, who remain on the NRLA board.
Ben Beadle, chief executive of the NRLA, said: “Berg comes to us with a wealth of experience of Board leadership and the lettings industry, gained over decades in the business and we are delighted to have her on board.
“While we are operating under unprecedented circumstances at present, we would like to reassure members that we are here to support them through these unchartered waters and that, as a united organisation, we are stronger together.”
Berg added: “I think the new NRLA has a bright future and it is great to be on board from day one.
“As an association we now represent more than 80,000 landlords and the more we grow this number, the stronger our voice will be.
“We need to encourage landlords to come together and support each other and work with other areas of the sector to bring about positive change for both landlords and tenants.”