The RTS Cymru Wales Committee

The RTS Cymru Wales Committee

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By Owen Williams,
Friday, 7th August 2015
RTS Cymru Wales committee 2019

Committee  2020  Ein Pwyllgor

 
Chair / Cadeirydd: Edward Russell

Edward’s career in television spans twenty years, joining BBC’s Fictionlab department as an online producer for Top of the Pops. 

He joined BBC Cymru Wales in 2006 as Brand Manager to the popular Doctor Who series, overseeing not only the marketing and publicity for the show, but also the commercial side of the business. 

Today, as well as lecturing in Television Marketing, he is a producer for Tiny Rebel Games where he is part of the team working alongside Aardman to create a new interactive adventure for Wallace & Gromit which will use new, ground-breaking technology.

Deputy Chair / Dirprwy Gadeirydd: Llinos Griffin-Williams

A Bafta-nominated Series Producer, Llinos is now Executive Producer Factual and International co-productions for WildFlame Productions, part of Sydney-headquartered Flame Media group. 

She leads on international content development for the group, producing a slate of factual content for domestic and international broadcasters. 

A History graduate, Llinos worked as Education Consultant for the BBC followed by Researcher and Assistant Producer for various indies, before joining Green Bay Media as Production Manager, subsequently producing content and becoming Head of Content for Green Bay.

She also co-runs the Industry Networking Groups, Push Auto and Women in TV.

Honorary Secretary / Ysgrifennydd Anrhydeddus: Matthew Harrisson

Matt Harrisson is a freelance director and cameraman based in Cardiff. 

Following seventeen years as a staff cameraman at BBC Cymru Wales, Matt went freelance in 2017.

He has since combined directing roles for BBC Studios Entertainment and Music Wales with studio, Outside Broadcast and PSC camerawork for a variety of companies.

Matt is co-founder of south Wales broadcasting network Push Auto.

Administrator / Gweinyddwr: Hywel Wiliam

Hywel WiliamAfter graduating in Law at Cardiff University, and obtaining a post graduate media diploma at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Hywel Wiliam joined BBC Wales in 1984 as an Assistant Film Editor. 

In 1986 he moved to the facilities company Barcud in Caernarfon as a VT Editor, and later became a corporate affairs producer with the company, before founding Pow Wow in 1989, an independent television company specialising in television commercials. 

In 1994, Hywel joined the Independent Television Commission, eventually becoming Manager, Wales and the West of England. 

In 2003, the ITC was merged with four other regulators to become Ofcom, and in 2004 Hywel became its Head of Broadcasting and Telecommunications, Wales.  He left Ofcom in 2011 to work as an independent consultant with Advisors in Media (AIM) before joining S4C in 2012. 

This is his second period in office as a member of the RTS Wales Centre Committee - he first served in that capacity in the late 90s.

Trysorydd / Treasurer: Mark Wade

Mark Wade is a Finance Buinsess Partner at BBC Cymru Wales.

With extensive leadership experience, Mark works at board and steering group level across a variety of public service broadcasting roles.

An ambitious, motivated leader with substantial financial acumen and a commitment to value adding service delivery, Mark supports BBC Cymru Wales' Chief Operating Officer in delivering the corporation's long-term financial strategy across all spheres of business activity, managing and motivating multi-skilled teams.

Golygydd Digidol / Digital Editor: Owen Williams

Owen Williams is Managing Director of Siml, a creative social media agency. 

Owen has a formidable background in social media, having led Editorial Strategy at BBC Content Social, and previously as Head of Social at BBC One and BBC Wales.

Prior to the advent of social media, Owen was a Children's Bafta-nominated television producer at Fflic (now Boom Cymru), and Facilities Manager at Mwnci (now Gorilla Group).

An experienced social media professional with 20 years' experience in digital innovation, content production, social media governance and post-production, Owen is a highly motivated creative leader and engaging public speaker, broadcaster and storyteller, with a strong track record of originating and managing digital projects on new and emerging platforms.

Huw Rossiter

Independent PR consultant Huw Rossiter has more than 30 years’ experience of the UK television industry. With expertise in government and stakeholder relations and media communications, Huw has held senior roles in major broadcasting and regulatory organisations in London and Cardiff.  

His most recent corporate role was as Public Affairs Manager at ITV Cymru Wales. He’s a former Director of Communications at S4C, following three years as Ofcom's inaugural Head of Media and two years as Head of Public Affairs at the Independent Television Commission (ITC). 

Huw spent the previous 19 years at the BBC: latterly as Head of Press & Publicity, BBC Wales, having spent the first 10 years of his BBC career as a Publicity Officer in London including a period as chief publicity feature writer. He began his career as a journalist on the South Wales Evening Post.

Steven Sandrey

Steven is New Talent Schemes Manager at BBC Cymru Wales, where he leads the corporation's Digital Journalism Apprenticeships.

A graduate of Trinity College, Carmarthen, and has a background in teaching and learning.  He started his career as a primary school teacher at a Welsh language school,  before moving on to teach, at primary level, in an English language school.  

He has also taught Welsh for Adults at the University of Glamorgan and Barry College.  

For the last 15 years he has worked at BBC Wales for BBC Learning and BBC Online as an Education Officer and latterly as Project Manager in the Digital & Marketing division.

Steven represents BBC Cymru Wales on the RTS Cymru Wales committee.

Hannah Gosney

Hannah is an experienced Production Manager/Head of Production who has had a varied career in the independent sector in Wales, working across various genres as well as corporate and commercial output.
 
Her specialism is in Factual/Factual Entertainment series’ with a keen interest in foreign and remote filming. Hannah has sent crews all around the world to remote and hostile environments on series such as - The Mekong River with Sue Perkins, Flintoff’s and Penn Road to Nowhere, Kate Humble: Living with Nomads, World’s Greatest Food Markets and Wild Shepherdess with Kate Humble. As well as closer to home with series such as Wales: Land of the Wild and Veganville.

She now divides her time between Production Management and Mentoring/Career Advice. She recently launched her website ‘Media Career Advice’ which offers one to one advice, support and training to the media industry and those looking to break into the industry.

Luned Whelan

Luned Whelan is Executive Manager at Teledwyr Annibynnol Cymru (TAC), the body representing Independent Producers in Wales. 

Luned started her career in BBC Radio Cymru before freelancing in the independent television production sector, and as a translator and copy editor.  She worked in S4C for many years until 2010. 

Before taking up her post with TAC, Luned had been a freelancer, working mainly as a creative editor of books across all genres, a translator, television and radio scriptwriter and online editor.

Celi Fowler

​Celi has spent over 16 years working in film and television as a producer in both development and production.  Before moving into feature film, she began her career in factual television working on a wide range of high-rating productions for both the BBC and the Independent sector including: Coast; History Cold Case; Secret Britain; and The Summer Exhibition

Since transitioning into feature film, she has worked at a number of film companies including Wildgaze Films and, most recently, Number 9 Films – on Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest, and Juan Carlos Medina’s The Limehouse Golem

Celi currently works as a development executive in feature film development at Ffilm Cymru Wales whose recent slate included the 2018 award-winning BAFTA film for outstanding debut, I Am Not A Witch.

Catrin Hughes Roberts

Catrin Hughes Roberts is Director of Partnerships at S4C, and an experienced communicator with significant external affairs experience at devolved, Westminster and EU levels.

Catrin leads on S4C’s public affairs work, and its partnerships, as well as S4C’s support for skills and training for the sector. She is S4C’s diversity champion and is a board member of the Creative Diversity Network of UK broadcasters.

Before joining S4C, Catrin worked in the BBC’s corporate affairs team in London and also spent time with BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Worldwide. She has previously worked as a campaigner in the third sector, and in the European and UK Parliaments . Catrin is a fluent Welsh speaker with a smattering of other (possibly slightly rusty) languages too.

Catrin represents S4C on the RTS Cymru Wales committee.

Catrin Jones

Catrin is a series producer with Wildflame Productions, producing series for BBC, S4C, ITV and for international distribution. 

Catrin has a passion for health based documentaries and won a BAFTA Cymru for best factual series in 2019 for Velindre: Hospital of Hope (ITV Wales). 

Her most recent series include ‘Nyrsys’ (S4C) an observational documentary format highlighting the priceless work of nurses around the country and across various fields of the profession.

During Catrin’s career she’s produced and worked on factual entertainment content for the children’s sector, including live magazine shows, game-shows and a peer to peer advice series for S4C and CBBC.

In 2016 Catrin was offered a place on the BBC Creative Production course, where she learnt valuable skills from highly respected Directors, Executives and Producers within the industry.

Andy Collinson

Andy Collinson is Public Affairs Manager at ITV Cymru Wales. 

Andy has held senior positions at ITV Wales for many years, including Series Producer of the award-winning Wales This Week and Executive Producer of Coast & Country. Andy has also  been Programme and Digital Editor of ITV News in Wales - winner of the Bafta Cymru News Programme of the Year 2013 and 2014. 

Andy spent twenty years as an on-screen journalist for ITV in Wales, becoming Chief Reporter before moving into news management. He also leads a media law and compliance refresher course for newsrooms across the ITV network.

Andy is a former LGBT diversity champion for ITV Wales, and helped to set up a panel bringing together staff and senior representatives of the diverse communities of Wales.

In a previous life, Andy was National Executive Council member of the NUJ for Wales, a trained senior lay negotiator and founding chair of the union's Wales Council. 

Andy represents ITV Cymru Wales on the RTS Cymru Wales committee.

Joe Towns

Joe Towns is Programme Director of the widely acclaimed Sports Broadcast MSc course at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

The master's degree course is designed to train new practitioners of sport broadcasting, developing industry-ready talent for sport broadcast journalism and the wider media world.

After graduating from Loughborough University, Joe worked as a journalist with the South Wales Evening Post, where his first assignment was covering the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games in Australia. He then spent 15 years as a TV sport producer in the broadcast industry, where he worked at Sky Sports, BBC Sport, Eurosport, IMG and BTSport. His many highlights include producing live coverage of the Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016, the Commonwealth Games, Wimbledon, Open Golf, Six Nations Rugby and the FA Cup. 

Closer to home, Joe was series producer of Scrum V from 2010 to 2016, with responsibility for Scrum V LiveScrum V Sunday and Scrum V Six Nations Special. Joe also developed and produced the magazine show Sport Wales and the annual Welsh Sports Review for BBC Wales television. Outside of his university role he now works as a freelance sports producer for Whisper Films, Orchard Media and Sunset & Vine Cymru.

Sara Griffiths

Sara is a media and entertainment lawyer. For many years she was Head of Legal and Business Affairs at S4C where she learnt Welsh and dealt with the full range of media related matters including co-production financing and distribution, underlying rights agreements and clearances, talent union negotiations and the blanket licensing arrangements with PRS for Music and PPL. 

Sara also handled the Ofcom, digital capacity, transmission and uplink arrangements on the move from analogue to digital broadcasting on terrestrial, satellite and cable platforms.

Sara returned to private practice in 2012, and joined law firm Loosemores in 2016 where she continues to provide practical and experienced advice to her media clients.  

Sara is currently ranked for the third year running as a leading individual media and entertainment lawyer in Wales by The Legal 500 and  is a member of the RTS, Women in Film and Television, Bafta and TAC. 

Rhodri James

Rhodri James is Director of Technology and Operations at Gorilla, the UK's largest post-production facility group outside London.

Formerly chief engineer at Men from Mars - the Visual and Digital effects foundry - Rhodri is a skilled broadcast technical manager, guiding teams through the technology lifecycle. 

Prior to his appointment at Gorilla in 2012, Rhodri was Technology Development & Portfolio Manager at BBC Cymru Wales, tasked with translating editorial and operational objectives into innovative new ways of working in a blossoming multiplatform environment.

With over 20 years experience in the technology broadcast sector, and a track record of projects such as the building of facilities and outside broadcast vehicles, and delivering landmark projects such as BBC Cymru Wales Roath Lock studios, Rhodri is a technology evangelist with an innate ability to describe complex problems in a clear and compelling manner.

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