Henry Bolton is a former serviceman and police officer who stood as a UKIP candidate for Kent police and crime commissioner in 2016.
And it saved Ukip, whose support evaporated in the June general election, from the total collapse that would have been triggered by a Waters victory.
Mr Bolton said Ukip had avoided becoming the "UK Nazi Party" after his defeat of Anne Marie Waters.
Bolton is expected to give his first major speech at a party conference on Saturday in Torquay, an English coastal town 215 miles (345 kilometers) southwest of London.
Asked to what extent he will focus on Islam, Bolton said: "Islam is of concern". His website says he has acted in a number of security and border management roles including being head of worldwide police in Central Croatia and head of the European Union crisis response team in Ukraine.
"This party needs to serve its country".
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"Hopefully we can now rebuild in time for the local elections in May".
"If you look at the things I've done, you'll see a certain degree of endurance there, both physical, emotional and political", he said.
He told Today he does not believe there will be a Brexit deal.
"There are other people who are more constructive in Brussels, but I think it's going to be incredibly hard to achieve a deal".
Britain and the European Union are now negotiating the terms of Britain's departure. Bolton reportedly said he was "fine" with the new design. It's about 'What is the problem here?'
He said there was "an issue" with face coverings but said focusing purely on banning the burka would not solve a security problem.
He added that his own personal opinion is if anything is making it hard to identify an individual on the streets, it is "something that we need to address".