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Membership will be reviewed periodically with the option to co-opt additional members or expert advice to ensure all relevant stakeholder are represented as needed for specific discussion items.

The Panel is established on an Expert Panel basis and will comprise the following individuals:

  • Shirish Kulkarni
  • Richard Martin
  • Nia Ceidiog
  • Mel Doel
  • Geoff Williams
  • Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones
  • Dr Llion Iwan
  • Dr Ed Gareth Poole
  • Clare Hudson
  • Ceri Jackson
  • Arwel Ellis Owen
  • Carwyn Donovan

The Panel will be chaired by Mel Doel and Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones.

Meetings and ways of working

The Panel will meet regularly and at a frequency determined by the Co-Chairs.

Meetings will be held both virtually and in Welsh Government premises with the agreement of members and depending on the current COVID-19 regulations.

Meeting agendas and accompanying papers will be circulated to members in advance of meetings. Agendas will be agreed in advance with the Chair(s). Any conflicts of interest will need to be declared at the start of each meeting or as such matters arise.

The organisation of meetings, circulation of papers and other related matters will be undertaken through a secretariat function provided by Welsh Government officials. The secretariat will produce a note of each meeting, recording key points of discussion and actions.

The Panel will provide regular updates on its work to Ministers and Designated Members. The Panel will aim to provide an interim report after 6 months.

Documentation, including meeting notes may be subject to access to information requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Where such requests are received, the Welsh Government's standard Freedom of Information procedures will be followed.

The discussions of the Panel will be held in Welsh and/or bilingually; papers will be supplied in Welsh and simultaneous translation provided.

Member biographies

Shirish Kulkarni

Shirish Kulkarni is a journalist, researcher and community organiser. Across a 25 year career in the industry he has worked in all the UK’s major broadcast newsrooms and most recently at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. As a freelance journalist, his investigation uncovering the British Steel Pensions Scandal led to a parliamentary inquiry, a ban on pensions cold- calling and won a Wales Media Award.                                                

He now works across a range of journalistic innovation and inclusion projects, including researching and developing new forms of journalistic storytelling. He is a member of the Welsh Government’s Public Interest Journalism Working Group and is also the founder of Inclusive Journalism Cymru, a network aimed at building and supporting a more representative and inclusive journalism sector in Wales. 

Richard Martin

Richard Martin is an experienced producer and communications professional in broadcast and non-broadcast environments and has been at the forefront of the emerging podcasting culture in Wales, including leading current affairs and politics analysis at the Hiraeth Podcast and Cardiff University’s Golau Podcast. With years of experience in the public sector and research communications, he holds a particular interest in using digital publishing to support and enhance a sustainable and well-regulated domestic media environment in Wales.

Nia Ceidiog

Born in the Wrexham area, and after graduating at Aberystwyth University in French and Welsh, Nia has been broadcasting since the late Seventies. After a long period as a presenter of a wide range of programmes, she moved to start working behind the camera and in 1996 established the Ceidiog Production company, creating a large number of programmes as Producer/Director.

Mel Doel

Mel Doel spent almost 30 years working as a broadcaster and presenter for BBC Wales. She became a well know face on its flagship television news programme Wales Today and presented many of Radio Wales’ key current affairs and daytime programmes. She also presented BBC Wales’ Rural Affairs/Environment programme Country Focus for 10 years. She made programmes for Radio Four including Woman’s Hour, and her work took her to Uganda, Spain, Italy, and the Orkney Isles.

She is currently a member of the Welsh Government’s Economy Treasury and Constitution Audit and Risk Assurance Committee and is on the board of the National Botanic Garden of Wales. She sits on the Journalists Charity in Wales which through its annual media awards encourages, recognises and rewards high standards of journalism in Wales.

She was recently awarded an OBE for her services to Journalism, Charity, and the Community of Wales.

Geoff Williams

Geoff Williams is a broadcaster with forty years of experience. With a journalistic background in news & sport Geoff started his career in local newspapers with the Western Telegraph in Pembrokeshire before progressing to the Western Mail and Echo in Cardiff and BBC Cymru/Wales where he was a Producer of Wales Today and, later, the daily current affairs radio programme, Meet For Lunch presented by Vincent Kane (1995-98) before overseeing the entire Radio Wales News service (1999-2005) and later Head of Sport in 2009.

Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones

Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones is Professor at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Director of the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies. She was previously Professor of Media and Creative Industries at Aberystwyth University where she led research units on broadcast compliance and on comparative media. She specializes in language policy and planning as well as in the media and creative sectors. She is multilingual and has served as a member of the Council of Europe's Expert Media Group for the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. She has published and presented internationally over many decades including giving evidence to parliamentary committees at home and abroad, most recently to Media Review of the Basque Parliament.

Dr Llion Iwan

Llion is the Director of Cwmni Da. He began his career as a print journalist in 1992 before joining the news department of BBC Wales, spending ten years with the corporation producing and directing documentary films. He was a lecturer in news and documentary film at Bangor University for eight years before joining S4C as a factual content commissioner in 2012 with care for news and current affairs, as well as sport. He was head of content broadcasting at S4C in 2016 and joined the management team and was an observing member of the broadcaster's Authority. He joined Cwmni Da in 2019.

Dr Ed Gareth Poole

Ed is a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University, where he serves as Academic Lead at Wales Fiscal Analysis (WFA), a research body within the Wales Governance Centre that undertakes authoritative and independent research into the public finances, taxation and public expenditures of Wales. Ed has been an academic member of staff at Cardiff University since 2014 and holds a PhD from the London School of Economics.

Aside from his academic experience, Ed has wider public and private sector experience from roles in budget and public finance in the United States. As a budget consultant at a large government financial advisory firm, Ed worked with US state and local governments on initiatives to enhance revenues and manage government expenditures. He also worked in the administration of Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell as special advisor to two cabinet secretaries for the Budget.

Clare Hudson

Clare has spent almost her entire career working in broadcasting in Wales.  After working on newspapers in London and Yorkshire she first came to Wales to work on the investigative magazine Rebecca and went on to work on the HTV current affairs strand Wales This Week, before becoming the programme’s editor. 

As Head of English Language Programmes at BBC Wales from 2000, she commissioned programmes for broadcast on the main BBC channels in Wales. As well as making key creative, editorial and budgetary decisions, this role required a great deal of “diplomacy” in relation to the BBC centrally.  Clare was heavily involved in plans to bring Casualty to Wales and in the move to make the new Doctor Who in Wales – both were to be a catalyst in the growth of global TV production here. 

Ceri Jackson

Cardiff-born Ceri Jackson’s 35-year journalistic career began on local and UK national newspapers before joining BBC Wales in 1997 where she worked across all news platforms, most recently in investigative, long-form, immersive storytelling. Having worked in communications at UWC Atlantic College, she is now a freelance journalist and writer.

Since leaving the BBC in 2016 she has been working as a freelance producer in the independent sector making TV and radio programmes.

Earlier this year she was recognised for her Outstanding Contribution to the Media in Wales at the Welsh Media Awards.

Arwel Ellis Owen

A graduate of Aberystwyth University, Arwel began his career with BBC Cymru and he was appointed head of programmes at BBC Northern Ireland in 1985 and chief executive of S4C in 2010.  He has chaired BAFTA Cymru and Arwel is the founder of Cambrensis Communications and was a Member of TAC Council.   His international work includes roles as a Broadcasting Consultant for the Thompson Trust in SABC, South Africa; Broadcasting Consultant for Soros Trust in Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova and Belarus and Broadcasting Consultant for the foreign ministry in Sierra Leone, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and China.  Arwel is Fellow for Aberystwyth University; Winston Churchill Trust and Guardian Nuffield College Oxford University

Carwyn Donovan

Carwyn is a Negotiations Officer for the Bectu Sector of Prospect that supports behind the scenes workers in TV, Film, Theatre and Live Events. The former coal miner from the Swansea Valley joined Bectu in 2017. He is Chair of the Wales Federation of Entertainment Unions that represents over 5,000 creative staff and freelancers. He is pleased workers in these industries will have an opportunity to shape the advice the panel will provide and is highly conscious of the important role broadcasting and communications play in the development of Welsh language and culture.