Arts Council England chief executive Alan Davey has been named controller of BBC Radio 3.

Davey, who has headed up the Arts Council since 2007, will take on the role at the classical musical station in January 2015 and will report to BBC radio director Helen Boaden.

He replaces Roger Wright, who stood down after 15 years in March to become chief executive of the Arts Council-supported Aldeburgh Music festival.

Unlike Wright though, Davey won’t be directly in charge of the BBC Proms. A separate controller for the prestigious season of concerts will report into the Radio 3 boss when appointed.

Before joining Arts Council England, Davey was director of culture at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. He is a currently serving member of the Creative Industries Council, the council of the University of Birmingham and chairman of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies.

“Alan Davey has a formidable track record in the arts and a depth of understanding only matched by his passion for classical music,” said BBC director general Tony Hall.

“His appointment marks a new chapter in the Radio 3 story - one that will extend and grow its rich history of excellence, innovation, and distinctiveness.”

Boaden added: “Alan completely understands why Radio 3 is so important in the lives of its listeners and in the wider cultural life of the nation. He will bring his terrific energy and enthusiasm to Radio 3, building on its huge strengths and invigorating it with fresh perspective.”