Alison Hindell has been appointed Head of Radio Drama, it was announced today (Thursday 17 March 2005).
Alison is currently Senior Producer Radio Drama Wales.
She joined the BBC from the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1988.
Alison's radio productions have won many awards including a Sony Gold, Writers' Guild Award, the BT Award, the Richard Imison Award and a Gold Medal at the New York Radio Festival.
She has directed more than 200 radio plays ranging from international co-productions to domestic soap.
Alison Hindell said: "I am thrilled to be taking up this position and look forward to working with such a highly talented team of producers to create memorable radio drama for the networks."
Among Alison's most notable achievements for BBC Radio 4 was a new version of Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas, using Richard Burton's 1963 performance as First Voice and building a new production around it.
Alan Yentob, BBC Creative Director, said: "Alison brings to the Radio Department her immense experience as a talented director and producer and the creative leadership required to continue the drive for innovation across the breadth and diversity of the radio drama output."
Alison Hindell was educated at Mary Datchelor Girls' School in London then studied English Literature and Language at Somerville College, Oxford.
She joined the BBC in 1988 as a producer in the Radio Drama Script Unit and became a producer in the Radio Drama Department in Wales in 1990.
Among Alison's award-winning productions for the BBC are Cancer Ward (BBC Radio 3) and Shakespeare - The Animated Tales (as dialogue director for the TV series).
She maintains her links with the theatre and has recently directed the first production in Wales of Shadow Of A Boy.
Alison is studying part time for a PhD in Russian from Exeter University. Her subject is Interpretations of Russian Literature in British Theatre and Radio Drama from 1985 to the Present.