Advisory Committee for England

Published: 15 February 2024

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

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 England, 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 England
  • 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 England in the communications sector.
  • to produce an annual report reflecting issues within the communications and postal sectors in England

29 February
6 June
3 October
28 November

2023

Minutes of the 86th meeting of the Advisory Committee for England – 30 November 2023 (PDF, 178 KB)

Minutes of the 85th meeting of the Advisory Committee for England – 5 October 2023 (PDF, 219.1 KB)

Minutes of the 84th meeting of the Advisory Committee for England – 8 June 2023 (PDF, 173.5 KB)

Minutes of the 83rd meeting of the Advisory Committee for England – 2 March 2023 (PDF, 221.7 KB)

2022

Minutes of the 82nd meeting of the Advisory Committee for England – 1 December 2022 (PDF, 236.5 KB)

Minutes of the 81st meeting of the Advisory Committee for England – 6 October 2022 (PDF, 231.3 KB)

Minutes of the 80th meeting of the Advisory Committee for England – 9 June 2022 (PDF, 213.9 KB)

Minutes of the 79th meeting of the Advisory Committee for England – 3 March 2022 (PDF, 189.1 KB)

2021

Minutes of the 78th meeting of the Advisory Committee for England – 9 December 2021 (PDF, 229.0 KB)

Minutes of the 77th meeting of the Advisory Committee for England – 23 September 2021 (PDF, 194.2 KB)

Minutes of the 76th meeting of the Advisory Committee for England - 24 June 2021 (PDF, 163.6 KB)

Minutes of the 75th meeting of the Advisory Committee for England - 11 March 2021 (PDF, 216.4 KB)

2020

Minutes of the 74th meeting of the Advisory Committee for England - 3 December 2020 (PDF, 203.2 KB)

Minutes of the 73rd meeting of the Advisory Committee for England – 24 September 2020 (PDF, 189.2 KB)

Minutes of the 72nd meeting of the Advisory Committee for England – 11 June 2020 (PDF, 175.8 KB)

Minutes of the 71st meeting of the Advisory Committee for England – 12 March 2020 (PDF, 194.5 KB)

2019

Minutes of the 70th meeting of the Advisory Committee for England – 2 December 2019 (PDF, 207.8 KB)

Minutes of the 69th meeting of the Advisory Committee for England – 30 September 2019 (PDF, 138.7 KB)

Minutes of the 68th meeting of the Advisory Committee for England – 4 July 2019 (PDF, 139.3 KB)

Minutes of the 67th meeting of the Advisory Committee for England – 5 March 2019 (PDF, 151.5 KB)

2018

Minutes of the 66th meeting of the Advisory Committee for England – 20 November 2018 (PDF, 111.0 KB)

Minutes of the 65th meeting of the Advisory Committee for England – 11 September 2018 (PDF, 334.9 KB)

Minutes of the 64th meeting of the Advisory Committee for England – 12 June 2018 (PDF, 407.5 KB)

Minutes of the 63rd meeting of the Advisory Committee for England – 25 April 2018 (PDF, 142.6 KB)

Older minutes can be accessed via the National Archives.

Paula Carter (Chair)

Paula Carter has more than 30 years’ experience in the broadcasting sector, most recently as Director of Planning and Board Secretary at Channel 4. Previously she held senior policy and management roles at the BBC and ITV. Paula holds Non-Executive Director roles with the Port of London Authority and the productivity movement “Be the Business”. She is a magistrate on the South East London Bench, and was appointed to the Board of the Rugby Football Union to represent Surrey in August 2020. She is a member of the British Transport Police Authority.

Paula joined the ACE on 1 June 2019. Her appointment runs until 31 May 2025.

Aaqil Ahmed

Aaqil Ahmed is a media consultant and former Head of Religion and Ethics at both the BBC and Channel 4. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Advertising Standards Authority and a council member of the Higher Education Funding council for Wales. Aaqil is co-founder and Board member of Princes Trust youth mentoring organisation Mosaic, sits on the Rugby League Diversity board and is a board member of The Bradford Literature Festival. Aaqil is also a Professor of Media at the University of Bolton and teaches at a number of universities in the UK. He is managing director of Amplify Consulting Ltd a company that specialises in media, broadcasting and communications.

Aaqil joined the ACE on 1 June 2019. His appointment runs until 31 May 2025.

Caroline Gardner

Caroline Gardner has been a teacher for the last 18 years at a large, North West based FE college with a Sixth Form Centre. Caroline has taught across a range of Media related courses, exclusively teaching A Level Film Studies and Media Studies for the last 10 years in a small, but successful team. Alongside her teaching roles, she is also an Assistant Curriculum Manager for Creative Arts and Business A Levels, a busy department with a cross section of learners for a variety of backgrounds. Caroline has previously worked in a moderating role for an examination board. Before teaching, Caroline worked as a Production Assistant at Granada Sky Broadcasting including Shop! and MUTV having studied Media and Sociology at Leeds Trinity.

Caroline joined the ACE on 1 March 2023. Her appointment runs until 28 February 2026.

Grant Davis

Grant Davis is the Founder and Director of SELIGR Ltd, which provides consultancy services on telecommunications and project management. He has over 35 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector including a diverse range of roles in BT and Openreach, where he developed, managed and delivered large-scale product development and business transformation programmes.

Grant joined the ACE on 1 February 2024. His appointment runs until 31 January 2027.

Edleen John

Edleen John is a Diversity, ESG, Corporate Affairs and Communications Consultant working across multiple sectors and supporting companies across the globe. She is the Vice Chair of the Governing Body at a community special school for young people with disabilities, a Director of Tech Talent Charter, an International Trustee for Restless Development, and the Senior Independent Director of The Amateur Football Alliance.

Edleen joined the ACE on 1 February 2024. Her appointment runs until 31 January 2027.

Mauro Mortali

Mauro Mortali has over 25 years of experience working in leadership and governance positions in the corporate, education and charity sectors. He spent much of his career at BT, working in strategy, innovation and portfolio management roles. Mauro now works as a senior partner for Cambridge Management Consulting, heading up its Strategy Practice. He is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation, and is a trustee with the national charity, Relate.

Mauro joined the ACE on 1 February 2024. His appointment runs until 31 January 2027.


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

In England this is:

  • Richard Spencer – Communications Consumer Panel
  • Dekan Apajee – Content Board

In addition, Ofcom Board Member Angela Dean attends meetings of the Advisory Committee.

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