Ms Vahey, who will start the role on 30 September, is pension expert with over 25 years of experience within the industry.
The firm says that, as part of the technical team, she will help financial advisers understand the changing pensions and savings environment and how new legislation and regulation affects them and their clients.
She will feature regularly as a speaker at AJ Bell’s events and seminars for advisers as well as writing content and articles for AJ Bell’s website.
She will also continue her work with the press as a pensions and savings commentator and author.
As well as Nucleus she has also previously worked at Aegon.
She joins AJ Bell initially on a one-year contract.
Gareth James, head of technical at AJ Bell, said: “Rachel is an excellent addition to our technical team at AJ Bell.
She will be well known to many financial advisers already and brings significant experience and expertise which will be of great value to advisers using our services.”
Ms Vahey said: “AJ Bell is a company I’ve admired for a long time.
“It has a strong heritage in the SIPP and platform market and is clearly very focused on helping and supporting the financial advisers it does business with.
“I’m looking forward to being part of that.”