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
22 March 2022
23 June 2022
13 September 2022
29 November 2022
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 ACW on 1 July 2014. His appointment runs until 30 June 2023.
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 ACW on 1 November 2017. Her appointment runs until 30 April 2023.
Rem Noormohamed (non-executive member)
Rem Noormohamed is a partner in the Tech, Outsourcing and Privacy team at Fieldfisher LLP, a tier 1 international law firm. Rem is a recognised as a leading UK expert in the field of technology, communications, data privacy, cyber security, IP rights and EU/UK competition law.
He is an Industrial Professor at University of Bristol, School of Law, an Expert Fellow at SPRITE+, a joint academic, business & industry, government and societal engagement, collaborating to tackle existing and emerging challenges to security, privacy, identity and trust in the digital age. Rem also sits on various BSI’s tech standards development boards including AI, IoT, blockchain, smart and sustainable cities and communities, security, privacy and identity technology.
Rem joined the ACW on 1 June 2019. His appointment runs until 31 May 2022.
In Wales this is:
- Dr Siân Phipps - Communications Consumer Panel Member for Wales
- Aled Eirug – Content Board member for Wales