Saturday 6th August – The Learning Phase
Speaker Information and Questions
In this section you will find all the speaker information you need. This includes (where speakers have been able to provide them) word templates with notes on how they would answer the question you have been set; films where we have pulled their thoughts together in a 10 minute film which we will show you on Saturday; weblinks to the speakers where you can find out more information about them. When the learning day is complete we will upload all the questions you asked the speakers here.
Hywel William (Chair) Ofcom, Advisory Committee for Wales
Hywel William is a director with the broadcasting and telecommunications consultancy, Advisors in Media (AIM). He previously worked as a regulator for over 16 years, initially with the Independent Television Commission (ITC) and subsequently with Ofcom, where he was Head of Broadcasting and Telecommunications until 2011.
Currently he is an Administrator for the RTS Wales Centre, an educational charity which promotes knowledge and debate about the television industry. He is also a Director of ‘It’s My Shout’, a non-profit television training company and Games Wales, which promotes the electronic gaming industry in Wales. He is also a part time lecturer at Cardiff and Vale College.
Hywel joined the ACW on 1 July 2014. His appointment runs until 30 June 2023.
You can find Hywels’ film below:
What did the group ask about Hywel’s position?
Shirish Kulkarni: Award winning journalist, trainer, and researcher
I have more than 25 years experience working in all the UK’s major broadcast newsrooms and my expertise spans innovation, storytelling, AI, inclusion, mental health and engaged journalism. I work as a freelance journalist, researcher, and trainer, and as a Community Organiser at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
My new model of “Reflective Journalism” has had global impact, and I’ve presented my work at the Reuters Institute, the World Association of News Publishers, the European Journalism Centre and many others.
You can find Shirishs’ expert contribution file and film below:
What did the group ask about Shirish Kulkarni’s position?
Huw Marshall: The National Wales
Huw has a proven track record of developing and delivering digital projects at scale. Huw is a founder of Annwen, Annwen is an innovative Internet of Things platform. Combining a network with a range of devices. He is also the founder of Yr Awr Gymraeg (The Welsh Hour) is a platform that supports the promotion of businesses, institutions, events and products through the medium of Welsh. Established by Huw in 2012 it has attracted almost 14,000 followers on Twitter and the #yagym hashtag is used extensively across Twitter and Instagram as a promotion tool. Every Wednesday between 8 and 9 Huw hosts the physical hour on Twitter.
On March the 1st Huw launched Wales first national news service in print and digital. A culmination of three years of work, the partnership with Newsquest delivers news on a regular basis every day online with a weekly print edition available across Wales on sale every Saturday.
You can find Huws’ expert contribution file and film below:
What did the group ask about Huw’s position?
Jess Blair: Electoral Reform Society, Wales
Jess Blair has been Director of ERS Cymru since March 2017 and leads ERS’s work on delivering electoral reform in Wales, which includes working with politicians, officials and stakeholders, giving evidence to committees and appearing in the media.
Jess holds a Masters in Welsh Government and Politics from the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University. She was previously Policy and Projects Manager at the Institute of Welsh Affairs, a leading Welsh think tank. She was also Acting Director during 2016. Prior to that Jess worked in the Senedd and has worked in Brussels with Regional Governments on lifelong learning policy.
You can find Jess’s expert contribution file and film below:
What did the group ask about Jess’s position?
Delyth Jewell: Senedd Member
Delyth Jewell was born in Caerphilly, grew up in Ystrad Mynach, and went to school in Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni in Bargoed, before going on to study in the University of Oxford, where she graduated with a Degree in English Language and Literature and a Masters in Celtic Studies.
In 2019, Delyth was sworn in as the Plaid Cymru Member of the Senedd for South Wales East, following the death of Steffan Lewis, and she was named her party’s spokesperson on Brexit and External Affairs. In 2021, Delyth was re-elected as a Member of the Senedd for South Wales East, and has been appointed her party’s spokesperson on climate change, transport and energy.
Link to more information about Delyth
You can find Delyths’ expert contribution and film below:
What did the group ask about Delyth’s position?
Dr Ifan Jones: Lecturer in Journalism, Bangor University
I am the BA Journalism Course Leader at the School of Creative Studies and Media at Bangor University, and lecture on the subject of practical journalism. My research interests include nationalism, minority language media, digital media and devolution. I am currently co-writing a book about the Welsh language press and Welsh identity between the 19th and 21st century, and also a series of papers on digital Welsh language media in the present day.
Before joining Bangor University I worked as the editor of Welsh language news website Golwg 360, and a deputy editor and journalist on the magazine Golwg. I am also the founder and current editor of news and current affairs website Nation.Cymru. I am also a frequent contributor to a range of news and current affairs programmes for the BBC.
You can find Ifans’ film below:
Points about Ifan’s position were brought into the final panel discussion
Ali Goldsworthy: Jesus College Cambridge
Alison (Ali) Goldsworthy is CEO of The Depolarization Project and an advisor to the Conflict and Polarization Lab at Stanford. Ali has spent over 20 years active in politics and campaigning. She led the team at Which? that built the fastest-growing campaigning organisation in the UK and was Deputy Chair of the Liberal Democrats while the party was in coalition government. Ali is Vice-Chair of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust and sits on the board at Open Democracy. Born and brought up in South Wales she moved to the States in 2017 to become a Sloan Fellow at Stanford. Ali continues to live in California but returns to the UK frequently. A frequent media pundit, Ali co-hosts the Changed My Mind podcast and has written for the Telegraph, The Times, New Statesman and Financial Times.
Her debut non-fiction book, Poles Apart, will be published by Penguin Random House with co-authors Laura Osborne and Alexandra Chesterfield in 2021
You can find Ali’s expert witness file and contribution below:
What did the group ask about Ali’s position?
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