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
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
It will also oversee the latest register of political parties, which
will publish funding details online for the first time on 16
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
During her time at the BBC Hinds worked as a producer at Radio 4 and the