Ms Bosanquet is joining the charity from Public Health England where she has been deputy chief nurse for the last six years. She will take up the post in June.
“I share its embedded commitment to inspire, enable and improve”
She will replace the charity’s long-standing chief executive Dr Theresa Shaw who announced in December that she was stepping down from the role this spring after 15 years.
The foundation works with nurses and health and social care teams to develop and share innovative ways of improving practice.
Ms Bosanquet was awarded an MBE for services to nursing and healthcare in June 2013 and she is a fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute.
She said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Foundation of Nursing Studies – it is an agile and dynamic organisation that clearly influences health and care across the four UK countries and beyond.
“I share its embedded commitment to inspire, enable and improve, which recognises the value of our nursing profession and its crucial contribution to a healthy society,” she said.
“Nursing charities such as FoNS are a vital part of the jigsaw to ensure we have the right skills at the right time and in the right place and I look forward to leading FoNS into the next stage of its already impressive history,” she added.
FoNS chair of trustees Dr David Foster said: “It is a real pleasure to welcome Joanne as chief executive of FoNS.
“She brings great experience and exceptional dynamism to the role which equip her well in creating an exciting future for the charity,” he said.
“She brings great experience and exceptional dynamism to the role”
He added: “Dr Theresa Shaw leaves a fantastic legacy of achievement. Under her leadership she developed the work and impact of FoNS significantly which gives a secure foundation on which Joanne can build.”
Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, said: “FoNS has made a superb choice in appointing Joanne as their new chief executive and we shall miss her greatly on the PHE team.
“But everyone will benefit from her leadership in this new role and she goes with our warmest possible thanks and best wishes for her new adventure,” she added.