The body announced yesterday that it has appointed Ian Morrison, currently chief executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund, to fill the post.
Morrison will take over from Chris Smith, who steps down from the post in July,
Historic England said that Morrison will lead its planning staff across nine regional offices "at a critical time for the nation’s historic environment".
Morrison has previously worked at Historic England (then known as English Heritage) as an archaeology advisor for London and an inspector of ancient monuments and team leader for the South West, before moving to the Heritage Lottery Fund and then to the Architectural Heritage Fund.
Morrison said: "I am truly excited by the opportunity to return to Historic England and to work again with so many dedicated and highly-regarded staff.
"Changes to this country’s planning system and the pressing need for new development bring some challenges, of course, but they also provide opportunities to showcase the positive contribution heritage can make to peoples’ lives."