Advisory Committee for Wales
The Advisory Committee for Wales advises Ofcom about the interests and opinions, in relation to communications matters, of persons living in Wales.
The Committee usually meets five times a year. The Committee’s minutes are provided to the Ofcom Board.
There are no available vacancies.
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
Older minutes can be accessed via the National Archives.
Hywel Wiliam (Chair)
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.
Currently he is an Administrator for the RTS Wales Centre, an educational charity which promotes knowledge and debate about the television industry. He is also a Director of 'It's My Shout', a non-profit television training company and Games Wales, which promotes the electronic gaming industry in Wales.
Hywel joined the Board on 1 July 2014. His appointment runs until 30 June 2023.
Robert Andrews (non-executive member)
Robert Andrews is a journalist and editor turned analyst and editorial strategist, specialising in the transformation of media, technology and marketing. He helped launch one of the UK's first local newspaper websites and has written for publications including The Guardian, Wired and The Drum.
Robert also helps technology companies develop strategic content, including as director of content for international communications agency Clarity. He joined the Board on 1 November 2017. His appointment runs until 30 April 2021.
Andrew Board (non-executive member)
Andrew Board worked for BT for over 32 years until 2015 and was a member of the BT Wales Board between 2009 - 2015. He has been a member of the British Computer Society (BCS) since 1990 and is a fellow and former Chair of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Wales Cymru (2011 -2014).
Andrew has an interest in social, cultural and economic affairs in Wales and the wider Public Service Broadcasting issues for the whole of the UK. He joined the Board on 1 November 2017. His appointment runs until 30 April 2021.
Dr Ruth McElroy (non-executive member)
Ruth is Professor of Creative Industries and Head of Creative Industries Research at the University of South Wales (USW). She has more than twenty years' experience of teaching and researching media in UK Higher Education, with a focus on the screen sector, media policy, and cultural identities.
She is Co-Director of Clwstwr Creadigol, one of nine UK Research and Development Clusters funded through the Arts and Humanities Council. She is also Co-Director of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations at USW.
Ruth joined the Board on 1 November 2017. Her appointment runs until 30 April 2021.
Rem Noormohamed (non-executive member)
Rem Noormohamed is a partner at commercial law firm Acuity Law and the head of its technology, media and telecommunications practice.
Rem is an expert in the field of intellectual property, information technology, data protection and communications law. In November 2018, he was appointed by the World Bank as a special adviser and expert on the application of blockchain for food supply chain traceability.
Rem joined the Board on 1 June 2019. His appointment runs until 31 May 2022.
Peter Trott (non-executive member)
Peter Trott is the founder of Data Works Wales, a social enterprise working to create opportunities for STEM and design talented people in the Welsh Valleys. Peter is also a director of a technology and sustainability consultancy providing coaching and support to early stage and high growth technology projects.
He has previously held roles at Cable and Wireless, Energis, T Mobile and Orange. Peter joined the Board on 11 April 2018. His appointment runs until 10 April 2021.
In Wales this is:
- Dr Siân Phipps - Communications Consumer Panel Member for Wales
- Aled Eirug – Content Board member for Wales