The Electoral Commission, the newly-created public body charged with overseeing party and electoral funding, has appointed Anne Hinds as its first head of press and publicity.
Hinds joins the commission from think-tank, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, where she was head of media and public affairs.
She will oversee a team of three at the commission. Abdul Turay has already been appointed as website manager, while two further posts - press and publications manager and press and publicity officer - are yet to be filled.
Hinds reports to commission chairman Sam Younger and acting chief executive Roger Creedon.
The commission, based in London, was set up in November 2000 following a parliamentary investigation into political sleaze. Its main tasks are to oversee electoral matters and enforce controls on party and campaign funding.
It will also oversee the latest register of political parties, which will publish funding details online for the first time on 16 February.
Hinds, who also spent 14 years at the BBC, said: 'The area we cover is one which is of great interest to the media and the general public who will now be able to have much more information about political parties and funding.'
During her time at the BBC Hinds worked as a producer at Radio 4 and the World Service.