Mr Peel is currently director of public affairs, nations and regions at the Independent Television Commission. He has previously acted as communications advisor to the communications watchdog Ofcom and was director of corporate affairs at the England and Wales Cricket Board. For 15 years he worked at the BBC, rising to the post of controller of marketing and communications for BBC News, where he ran public relations for four general elections and the launch of Five Live, BBC News 24 and BBC Online. He began his career as a reporter at the Northampton Chronicle and Echo. He will start work at the commission in January.
'The commission has put involving and informing the people who use public services at the heart of its work. We are counting on Richard's outstanding communications expertise to help us meet the challenges this new way of working presents.'
Mr Peel said:
'The Audit Commission plays a vital role in promoting and helping to improve public services across England and Wales. I am delighted to be joining a new management team which will focus its work on where the need and the room for improvement is greatest and where the emphasis will be on the needs and views of public service users.'