Colum who has led NISCC for 5 years, will officially take up his new position on 1 September 2018.
Commenting on the appointment Chair Paul Martin said: “While we will all be sad to see Colum leave, it is not only a fantastic opportunity for him to design and lead this new organisation, it is testament to the legacy he leaves behind during his 5 years at NISCC.
“Colum has done so much to raise the profile and value of Social Care and Social Work and has helped develop an organisation that is leading the way in workforce regulation. During his time here he has been pivotal in the move to a ‘Fitness to Practise’ model of regulation, which introduced a more proportionate, flexible and fairer approach to the complaints procedure and the ‘Social Care Workforce Registration’ project, which also saw the registration of domiciliary care workers, the first regulator to do this.
“He leaves NISCC as a strong, confident and effective organisation and he has my very best wishes in his new role.”
Speaking about his appointment Colum said: “I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity to become the first Chief Executive of Social Work England.
“I am determined that Social Work England will make a unique and lasting contribution to the profession of social work and to the role of professional regulation in how it supports improvement and raises standards in practice and care.
“I will be sad to leave my colleagues at NISCC and would pay tribute to the members of the Council and staff, who do so much to protect the public and enhance the status and standing of the social work profession across Northern Ireland.”
NISCC’s Director of Regulation and Standards, Patricia Higgins will take up position as interim Chief Executive from 1 September.