Joy - who will take up the post on April 22, 2013 - joins from Derbyshire Sport, and possesses more than 25 years of management experience.
During his time at one of England's most renowned sports partnerships, Joy managed a sizeable team and put Derbyshire on course to become one of England's most successful sporting counties by 2020.
Before his time as a Director of Derbyshire Sport, Joy served for six years as the Chief Executive of Scottish Athletics.
"This is a really exciting time for amateur golf following the merger of the men's and women's game," said Joy, who has also worked for English Volleyball.
"I am delighted to be given the opportunity to join England Golf and to work with the board, the staff team, the volunteers and our key partners as we seek to take advantage of the many opportunities for golf development throughout England."
Nigel Evans, Chair of the England Golf Board, added: "We are delighted that David has agreed to join us. His extensive experience in the governance of sport will be extremely valuable."
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