Parish will take up the newly created role in November, joining from World Productions where she was an executive producer and head of development.
She takes on the position after the departure of head of scripted Nick Betts last year. Betts’ role has effectively been split in two, with Parish taking drama and Josh Cole joining from Sky to become head of comedy.
Parish will be responsible for all of BBC Studios’ national and regional drama chiefs. For example, the company has a big presence in Cardiff, where Simon Winstone runs shows like Doctor Who and Casualty.
“With this platform, my aim is to champion new and existing talent that will deliver the very best shows for UK and international audiences,” Parish said. Lee described her as a “fantastic creative talent.”