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.
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
27 February 2024
12 June 2024
2 October 2024
26 November 2024
Older minutes can be accessed via the National Archives.
Robert Andrews (Chair)
Robert 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. He's written for publishers including The Guardian, Wired and The Drum and was also senior international editor of influential digital media industry news source paidContent.
Robert provides reports on industry trends for analysis firms and taught online journalism at University of Glamorgan. He is the author of the book 'Startup Blueprint: 7 Skills For Founders, Builders & Leaders'. Originally from Llanelli, Robert has lived in Cardiff for the last 20 years.
Robert originally joined the ACW on 1 November 2017 and was appointed Chair on 1 August 2023. His appointment runs until 31 July 2026.
Dr Aled Eirug (non-executive member)
Aled Eirug is a freelance strategic policy adviser and works for Swansea University and other clients. He was a member of the governing authority for the Welsh language broadcasting service, S4C (2012 -2015), chairman of the British Council’s advisory committee for Wales (2012-2015) and a member of the British Council’s Board of Trustees (2013-2015).
He is an experienced journalist and broadcaster with over 30 years experience at ITV and the BBC. He was BBC Wales’ Head of News and Current Affairs from 1992 to 2006 and a member of BBC Wales’ Board of Management from 2000 to 2006. He has extensive experience of radio, television and online production across news, current affairs and documentary making.
Aled joined the ACW on 1 December 2021. His appointment runs until 21 May 2025.
Angharad Evans (non-executive member)
Angharad Evans is a consultant film and television lawyer and has advised businesses of all sizes from start-ups to internationally recognised brands for the last 20 years. Before becoming a consultant she was Head of S4C’s Legal and Business Affairs Department and worked in the specialist Film and Media team at SJ Berwin, London.
She advises a variety of clients from small production companies to large multi-nationals on co-productions, distribution, multi-party financing arrangements, rights agreements, option agreements and clearances. She is recognised as a Leading Individual in Media Law in Wales in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.
Angharad Evans joined the ACW on 1 January 2022. Her appointment runs until 31 December 2026.
In Wales this is:
- Professor Ruth McElroy, Content Board Member for Wales.
- Rachel Burr, Communications Consumer Panel Member