Advisory Committee for Wales

Functions and role

The Advisory Committee for Wales advises Ofcom about the interests and opinions, in relation to communications matters, of persons living in Wales.

The remit of the Advisory Committee is to:

  • seek to identify issues affecting the communications and postal sectors in Wales, both collectively as a Committee and individually for Members, with particular reference to the sectors where they have particular knowledge or expertise
  • to provide advice to Ofcom about general and specific issues concerning the communications and postal sectors arising within Wales
  • to provide advice and comment as required on matters brought to the Committee by Ofcom
  • to offer comment as appropriate on consultations undertaken by Ofcom
  • where requested by the Content Board, to provide specific advice to that Board on matters relating to television, radio and other content on services regulated by Ofcom
  • when so requested by the Ofcom Board, to provide advice to the Communications Consumer Panel on matters affecting consumers in Wales in the communications sector.
  • to produce an annual report reflecting issues within the communications and postal sectors in Wales

The Committee usually meets five times a year. The Committee’s minutes are provided to the Ofcom Board.

Minutes of committee meetings

It is our policy to keep board and committee minutes on our site for one year only. Older minutes can be accessed via the National Archives.

Meeting dates 2017

9 February
5 April
20 June
26 September
9 November

Glyn Mathias (Non-Executive Member)

Glyn Mathias has more than 30 years' experience as a broadcast journalist for both ITN and BBC Wales, serving as Political Editor for both organisations. From 2001 to 2008, he was the Electoral Commissioner for Wales, and in 2011 was the author of the Mathias Report on the work of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales.

From 2011 to 2015, he served as the member from Wales on the Ofcom Content Board, which sets and enforces quality and standards for television and radio across the UK. In addition, he was Deputy Chair of the Broadcast Licensing Committee which allocates commercial and community radio licences and local television licences around the UK.

Glyn has served on the Advisory Committee for Wales since 2007. He has helped to lead the Committee's work on the future of public service broadcasting, particularly the impact of any changes on the broadcasting environment in Wales.

He is currently the independent Chair of Dwr Cymru's Membership Selection Panel.

Glyn lives in Brecon with his wife Ann and daughter Hannah. He serves on the executive council of the Brecknock Society.

Nerys Evans (Non-Executive Member)

Nerys Evans served as an Assembly Member representing Mid and West Wales between 2007 and 2011. During this time, she chaired the Assembly’s Broadcasting Sub-Committee and established and chaired the Cross Party Group on Broadband. She was Plaid Cymru’s Director of Policy and authored their 2011 Assembly Manifesto.

She currently works at Deryn Public Affairs Consultancy where she is a founding Director and Director of Strategy at Portal Training. In 2011, she was appointed by the Welsh Government to be an Education Commissioner in Blaenau Gwent County Council and afterwards served on the Ministerial performance board in the County. She has recently served on the First Minister’s Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery in Wales - the Williams Commission.

Huw Roberts (Non-Executive Member)

Huw Roberts is the Chair of the Institute of Directors in Wales, having retired from the Royal Mail Group in 2011, where he was the Director of Welsh Affairs. He founded Cardiff’s first political consultancy and was Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Wales during devolution.

Huw has worked in the public and private sectors at a Welsh and UK level, having begun his career in the Welsh Office in the 1970s. He worked in the Department of Energy in London, including secondments to the National Economic Development Office and 10 Downing Street, later returning to the Welsh Development Agency.

Huw was ITN’s Press Advisor during the first competitive licensing auction and later worked for BBC Wales during the last Charter renewal process. Between those roles he was Director of Corporate Affairs at Swalec.

Married with three grown-up children, he lives in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Hywel Wiliam (Non-Executive Member)

Hywel Wiliam is a director with the broadcasting and telecommunications consultancy, Advisors in Media (AIM). He previously worked as a regulator for over 16 years, initially with the Independent Television Commission (ITC) and subsequently with Ofcom, where he was Head of Broadcasting and Telecommunications until 2011. During his early career, he worked for BBC Wales as an assistant film editor, before joining independent facility company, Barcud Cyf as a video editor. He later managed the company's corporate productions before leaving to set up Pow Wow Communications, a company specialising in local television commercials.

He has worked on two projects for the Welsh Government, an economic impact assessment of BBC Wales/S4C and a community radio development project. While still at AIM he was also appointed as a Corporate Researcher for S4C, a position he held until June 2014 where he provided compliance advice to the S4C Authority Complaints Committee, updated the broadcaster's complaints procedures and managed an economic impact assessment of the Aberystwyth based detective series, Y Gwyll/Hinterland.

Hywel is also Administrator for the RTS Wales Centre, a Member of the Creative Skillset Cymru National Advisory Board and has recently been appointed as a Director of Wales' Games Development Show Ltd.

Karen Lewis (Non-Executive Member)

Karen Lewis has a background in education and broadcasting. She worked at BBC Wales for 11 years and was founder senior producer of the BBC's award-winning Digital Storytelling project before becoming the BBC's Partnerships Manager for Wales. After leaving the BBC, she joined the University of South Wales where she was Director of a research centre in the Creative Industries faculty; she also led the University's contribution to Welsh Government's six-year Digital Inclusion programme, Communities 2.0.

Karen now works as an independent researcher and consultant and sits on several boards including Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival and Welsh Government's Digital Inclusion Programme Board. She is married with two grown-up sons and lives in Cardiff.

As well as the appointed Members of the Advisory Committee, the Content Board Member and Communications Consumer Panel Member for the respective Nations are invited to attend Advisory Committee Meetings. In Wales these are:

  • Aled Eirug – Content Board Member for Wales
  • Rhys Evans - Communications Consumer Panel Member for Wales