A former political adviser to the Labour group at Bedford Borough Council has been appointed as head of policy and communications at the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association.
Peter Hills-Jones will take up his new position on 10 March after the face-to-face regulator merged the previously separate positions of head of policy and head of communications.
He replaces Ian MacQuillin, who left in December after more than four years as head of communications at the PFRA, and Toby Ganley, the former head of policy, who left in October.
Hills-Jones has been at Bedford Borough Council since June 2012. He joined the local authority from Bedford Business Improvement District, where he was executive director.
He previously held roles in the House of Lords as a policy analyst working on inquiries including the BBC Charter Review and for select committees including those on European Union Economic Affairs and Communications. He left the Lords in 2009 to become head of the chief executive’s office at the National Archives.
"I am tremendously excited to be joining the PFRA at such an important time," he said. "In many ways, the work of charities has never been more vital both in the UK and abroad."
Stephen Service will also join the PFRA in March as an outreach officer on secondment from the Local Government Association.
He has worked in members’ services for the past two years, supporting the LGA’s safer communities, licensing and regulation activities.
Service replaces Lucy Ellender, a programme officer from the LGA who worked with the PFRA last year. He will continue her work to build relationships between the PFRA and local authorities.
Sally de la Bedoyere, the PFRA’s chief executive, said: "The government has challenged the sector to further strengthen the self-regulation of fundraising, and the PFRA is committed to working with its members and local authorities to do this for face-to-face activity on the street and the doorstep.
"Peter brings a vast array of experience from both national and local government and has worked with a variety of stakeholders on external and internal media strategies and communications. He will have a key role in developing the PFRA profile and policies."