The Advisory Committee for Scotland advises Ofcom about the interests and opinions, in relation to communications matters, of persons living in Scotland.
The Committee usually meets up to five times a year. The Committee’s minutes are provided to the Ofcom Board.
The remit of the Advisory Committee is to:
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Older minutes can be accessed via the National Archives.
Laura holds a degree in Mathematics from Heriot-Watt University and started her career with Dunfermline Building Society as a Business Analyst. Following roles working with the society’s agency network, third-party proposition partners and the branch network, Laura progressed her career with Nationwide Building Society following their acquisition of Dunfermline BS.
Laura continued to progress her career in senior executive roles within the branch network, before leaving in 2017 as a Regional Director to set up her own Business Consultancy specialising in organisational and cultural change. She is currently engaged with CYBG working on the Virgin Money branch integration programme.
Laura holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School and a Law degree from Strathclyde University. Her specialisms are organisational behaviour, leadership and engagement. She has a passion for inclusion and is proud to serve on the Advisory Committee for Scotland.
Laura lives in Dunfermline with her husband Jonathan. She joined the Committee on 1 February 2018 and her appointment runs until 31 January 2023.
Stephen has worked for Cisco Systems since 2000. Before this he worked for Atlantech Technologies Ltd, a UK network management start-up that was acquired by Cisco.
Stephen’s earlier career included roles as Sales and Customer Support manager with Objective Software Technology Ltd and as a System Software, R&D Software and Software Engineer for Sun Microsystems, JVC Manufacturing and Honeywell Control Systems. His roles at Cisco have been in Product Management and Network Management and latterly he has been an Advanced Services/ Customer Experience Product Manager covering data centres, cloud and networking professional services.
Stephen joined the Committee on 1 May 2019. His appointment runs until 30 April 2022.
Jessica McBeath is an online harms and digital citizenship consultant. She began her career with a multinational IT company before joining a mobile software start-up. Since then, Jess spent several years in public sector strategy, delivering transformational change. She founded her online harms consultancy in 2016, with a focus on digital citizenship. Jess was awarded the NSPCC Childhood Champion Award as Schools Volunteer Scotland 2018 and has a degree in linguistics and artificial intelligence, and an MBA. Jess is currently a serving member of Borders College Regional Board.
Jess joined the Committee on 1 September 2020 and her appointment runs until 31 August 2023.
Elizabeth Partyka studied psychology at Stirling University and business studies at Strathclyde University before joining Radio Clyde to develop its social action programming, Clyde Action and Cash for Kids. She then joined the BBC, before moving to Granada TV to join the Reports Action team, led by Joan Bakewell.
Elizabeth’s career has also seen her work for Disney in London, after which she returned to Scotland, joining STV as Head of Childrens before taking on responsibility for all of STVs network production output, delivering quality drama (Taggart, Rebus) factual, entertainment and childrens. After eight years as managing director of STV Productions, she became channel controller of STV and deputy director of all of STV’s channels. She was also one of the founders of the broadcasting charity, the STV Appeal. She was awarded the Royal Television Society Scotland Award in 2015 for her contribution to television in Scotland.
Elizabeth’s non-executive roles have included being a member of court at Edinburgh Napier University (Scotland’s Screen Academy) and a board member of Creative Scotland (where she is a member of the Screen Committee and is the chair of the Finance Committee).
Elizabeth joined the Committee on 1 September 2020 and her appointment runs until 31 August 2023.