Ofcom in Wales
The Ofcom Wales team represents Ofcom in Wales and Wales within Ofcom – managing relationships and communications with the general public and a wide range of industry stakeholders, including politicians, industry and the media.
Up to four days per month
The purpose of the role
Ofcom is the regulator for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, video-on-demand, telecommunications, wireless communications and postal services. These include responsibility for overseeing television and radio broadcasting throughout the United Kingdom, including regulating the BBC. Ofcom is also now responsible for regulating UK-based video sharing platforms. This means that these services will need to have in place measures to protect young people from potentially harmful content, and to ensure that all users are protected from hate speech and illegal content. This is an important first step towards protecting people from harmful content online before Ofcom takes on its wider duties to regulate online safety.
Ofcom has been providing protection and assurance for audiences across television, radio and video-on-demand for many years. Increasingly however, these issues are set within the wider context of changes in communications markets, and particularly the role of the internet and digital media.
As audiences increasingly move online a key part of our work is to consider the challenges this poses for viewers and listeners and for the sectors that we regulate. Ofcom’s Content Board plays a key role in delivering this work and in helping shape future approaches to regulation. This is an exciting time to join us and help shape policy in a fast-changing digital world.
The Content Board is a committee of Ofcom’s main Board and is charged with understanding, analysing and championing the voices and interest of the viewer, the listener and citizen. It examines issues where the citizen interest extends beyond the consumer interest, with a focus on those aspects of the public interest which competition and market forces do not reach.
The majority of Content Board members are part-time and drawn from diverse backgrounds across the UK. We want to attract a wide range of applicants to provide a good balance of skills and relevant sector experience on the Content Board in order to create a diversity of perspective and independence of thought and decision-making.
Essential skills and knowledge
We’re seeking to recruit one new non-executive member for Wales to join the Content Board. We’re seeking candidates who are capable of representing the interests and opinions of people living in Wales and who have:
- the ability to understand the business and economic principles underpinning the broadcast sector in the digital environment;
- digital or new media experience, with an appreciation of the fast-changing nature of these sectors and the challenges they can pose;
- a strong understanding of the principles and practice of content regulation, preferably gained from the industry side;
- an excellent understanding of broadcasting policy and regulatory issues, the UK media policy landscape and relevant international context;
- an understanding of the needs of consumers and citizens, and an ability to work well with colleagues from the UK’s Nations on policy and consumer issues;
- sound judgement and decision-making to ensure successful delivery in a highly complex organisation;
- strong communication skills to make an effective contribution to the discussions of a high-level public body;
- personal integrity of a high order; demonstrable understanding of Ofcom’s need to make independent judgements under pressure; and
- a track record of good editorial judgement and decision-making at a senior level in broadcasting is desirable.
The ability to speak Welsh is desirable.
The time commitment is four days a month, including attending approximately six formal meetings a year of the full Content Board and four formal meetings a year of the Advisory Committee for Wales.
To apply and be considered for interview stage, your application must include a CV and covering letter. Your covering letter must give evidence of how you successfully meet the key competencies (listed above). Applications can be provided in English or Welsh and should be sent to OfcomWalesRecruitment@ofcom.org.uk by 23.00pm on Sunday 24 October 2021.
Ofcom welcomes Welsh language applications, and your application will not be treated less favourably than an application sent in English. Your letter should be no more than four sides of A4 in length. Interviews will be held during November 2021.
Potential or actual conflicts of interest must be declared and discussed at interview. Applicants must have personal integrity of a high order and ensure that their conduct accords with the 7 principles of public life. Content Board Members are required to act in accordance with the Board’s Code of Conduct.
Ofcom is a forward-thinking, inclusive employer and recognises the value of diversity to truly “make communications work for everyone”. Here at Ofcom, our vision is to ensure people are part of an environment when they can truly strive and be themselves, therefore we aim to recruit from the widest pool of candidates possible – irrespective of social background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or disability. We are an organisation that strives to be truly representative of the whole of the UK and our aim is to be an employer of choice for everyone.
As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to interview disabled applicants who meets the minimum selection criteria of the role as outlined in the job specification, if applicants would like to be considered under this scheme. We pride ourselves on ensuring all candidates are treated fairly throughout the application and selection process including making our process as accessible as possible. You can find more information on the scheme on our website.
Should you require any adjustments to be made, please do contact us directly at email@example.com.
The team deals with all aspects of Ofcom’s remit and provides input and advice on issues as they apply to Wales to policy and project teams across Ofcom. Wales has representation on Ofcom's Content Board and has its own Advisory Committee.
Through extensive consultation exercises, a variety of events and well-established working relations with stakeholders, the team makes sure it has its finger on the pulse and is acutely aware of the needs of industry, consumers and citizens in Wales.
Eleanor Marks, Director, Wales
Eleanor is responsible for all aspects of Ofcom’s work in Wales. She works with colleagues across the organisation to ensure Ofcom is fully effective in delivering its objectives in Wales as well as enhancing its effectiveness in working with stakeholders, managing external relationships and public affairs. Contact Eleanor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elinor Williams, Principal, Regulatory Affairs
Joanna Davies, Welsh language Senior Advisor
Joanna manages Ofcom's Welsh language activities which includes print, online and social media. She also ensures the organisation is compliant with Welsh language Standards legislation. Contact Joanna: email@example.com
Meleri Evans, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Wales
Meleri works across all policy areas to help ensure Ofcom can deliver and present its objectives effectively, focusing on political monitoring and relationships with key stakeholders in Wales. Contact Meleri: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Symons, Welsh language Associate
David is our Welsh language Associate. He supports our Welsh language activities and manages Ofcom's translation requirements. Contact David: email@example.com
Pete Alsop, Spectrum Engineering/Enforcement Officer
Pete Stephen Alsop is our Spectrum Engineering/Enforcement Officer. His role entails investigating and resolving interference affecting radio systems and instigating enforcement where necessary. Contact Pete: firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Nash, Regulatory Affairs Assistant, Wales
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Caspian Point is a ten minute walk from Cardiff Bay railway station or a five-minute taxi ride from Cardiff Central station.
Local bus routes stop opposite the building.
You can catch the Bay Express (number 6) or the Cardiff Bay (8 or 35) bus from the city centre or Cardiff Central station.
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Address: 2 Caspian Point, Caspian Way, Cardiff CF10 4DQ
We welcome calls in Welsh. To contact our Welsh language helpline: 0300 123 2023 or 0207 981 3042
Fax: 029 2046 7233
We're proud of our commitment to the Welsh language and how we integrate it into our work. More information on our work in the Welsh language is available.
The Advisory Committee for Wales advises Ofcom about the interests and opinions, in relation to communications matters, of people living in Wales.
Find out more about the Committee by visiting the Advisory Committee for Wales webpage.