Hulme, currently deputy principal at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College, will take the reins from Thomas to help develop new strategies and initiatives for the licensed retail training body.
Bernard Brindley, the chairman of the BII said under Hulme's leadership the next year would see the organisation go through a number of changes.
"Much has been achieved over the last six months and that there is a new focus, and new determination and purpose about the BII. We have a major part to play in licensed hospitality helping our members through difficult times whilst developing new initiatives and plans for the future," he added.
As well as leading London’s largest further education college, Hulme has a background in building surveying and project management.