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  2019-20  Ein Pwyllgor

 
Chair/Cadeirydd: Judith Winnan

​​Judith’s career in the television industry spans 27 years, and has been divided between the BBC and the independent sector in Wales. 

A programme-maker for many years, she has produced award-winning documentaries, worked in Commissioning and run her own independent production company. 

More recently, Judith was Head of Factual & Music at BBC Wales, where she oversaw a large production department with over 100 staff. 

Judith is now a freelance Executive Producer, based in Cardiff.


 

Deputy Chair/Dirprwy Gadeirydd: Llinos Griffin-Williams

Llinos Griffin-WilliamsA Bafta-nominated Series Producer, Llinos is now Executive Producer Factual and International co-productions for WildFlame Productions, part of the Global Flame 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: Catrin Jones

Catrin has worked in the TV industry for seven years.  She has been a researcher on a number of children's programmes for S4C and CBBC, and has experience of working on live magazine shows.  Catrin joined Green Bay Media in April 2014 as a researcher, working on a historical documentary series, The Castle Builders, for S4C and for worldwide distribution.

Catrin worked on the international flagship series for S4C and for the Canadian distributor Cineflix, Mynyddoedd y Byd/ Mountains and Life, alongside producing a peer-to-peer advice and educational series for teens, Llond Ceg - Mwy o Gega!

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.


 

Administrator/Gweinyddwr: Hywel Wiliam

Hywel Wiliam

After 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.
Email: hywel.wiliam@rts.org.uk


 

Trysorydd/Treasurer: Mark Wade

[Profile to follow] 

 


 

Golygydd Digidol/Digital Editor: Owen Williams

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

Owen has a formidable track record 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 and storyteller, with a strong track record of originating and managing digital projects on new and emerging platforms.


 

Huw Rossiter

Huw Rossiter

Huw has held communications and public affairs roles in major UK broadcasting and regulatory organisations in Cardiff and London.  He joined ITV Wales as Public Affairs Manager in March 2011 after two years of running his own PR consultancy, Rossiter Communications. 

Between 2006 and 2009, he was Director of Communications at S4C, having previously been Ofcom's inaugural Head of Media (2003-2006) and, before that, Head of Public Affairs at the Independent Television Commission [ITC] (2001-2003). 

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.  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.


 

Edward Russell

Edward has worked in Entertainment for 25 years, first in the music industry before joining the BBC as a producer for the Top of the Pops website. 

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

He is now a freelance lecturer, consultant and also a producer at Tiny Rebel Games where he is currently developing an exciting new experience for Aardman.


 

Luned Whelan

Luned Whelan is General 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.


 

Jim Bartlett

Jim BartlettGrowing up in Leicester, Jim remembers being interested in the technical side of television at a young age.  He later developed an interest in photography and stage lighting, all of which led to him applying for a job at the BBC. 

He has now retired after a long career with BBC Wales.  He was trained in radio and television, sound and vision, finally becoming an Audio Supervisor, working in radio. 

In addition he maintained his department's pages on the BBC's Intranet.  Jim is a member of several groups run by Cardiff U3A, particularly Photography, and Prose & Poetry.


 

Matt Harrisson

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

Following seventeen years as a staff cameraman at BBC Cymru Wales, he went freelance in 2017 and has since combined directing roles for BBC Studios Entertainment and Music Wales with studio, OB and PSC camerawork for various companies. 

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


 

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 Live, Scrum 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. She has two children who have just graduated from university, a horse and a dog.


 

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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