Everything we do in Wales relies on the expertise, knowledge and hard work of key industry experts across the country.
BAFTA Cymru Management Committee
Jo Pearce, BBC Cymru Wales Representative
As BBC Cymru Wales’ Creative Director Jo is responsible for driving digital innovation across the business as well as winning new commissions. A crucial element of Jo’s role is to lead cross-genre digital development across TV, Radio, Online and Mobile platforms.
Jo joined BBC Cymru Wales in 2002 as an Interactive TV Producer after working for Carlton Television as a New Media Executive. In 2006 became an Executive Producer and took on the responsibility for managing a number of high profile brands across evolving digital platforms such as social and iPlayer. To date, these projects range from dramas such as Doctor Who and Sherlock to factual projects such as Human Planet and the Dylan Thomas season.
Jo is passionate about digital production and the ability it gives content makers to tell stories in different ways.
Andy Collinson, ITV Wales Representative
Andy became Public Affairs Manager of ITV Cymru Wales, looking after a wide range of policy and strategy issues, after working for thirty years on screen and behind the scenes on a wide range of news, factual and current affairs programmes. Previously Series Producer of the award-winning Wales This Week, Executive Producer, Coast & Country and Chief Reporter, Wales at Six. Also, past Programme and Digital Editor of ITV News in Wales - twice winning the Bafta Cymru News Programme of the Year.
Andy leads a media law and compliance training programme across ITV newsrooms in the nations and regions. He has a long standing interest in inclusivity and diversity in broadcasting, having been the ITV Diversity Champion for LGBT issues. He is also a former trustee of one of the ITV group pension schemes, National Executive Council member of the NUJ for Wales and one of the founders of the NUJ Welsh Executive Council.
Elen Rhys, S4C Representative
Elen has been S4C's Entertainment and Music Commissioner for the past three years. In her role as Entertainment Commissioner for S4C Elen is responsible for comedy, light entertainment, factual entertainment as well as music and many of the events on the channel.
Before joining S4C Elen worked as a producer for BBC Cymru Wales. She has a career in broadcasting spanning over twenty years and has gained wide and comprehensive experience of creating, writing, producing and managing content for audiences in Wales, the UK network and internationally on all platforms.
Joedi Langley, Welsh Government Representative
Anton Faulconbridge Rantmedia
Anton has been creating interactive digital products for over twenty years, starting in the early days of the web in the mid 90s. Following a degree in Physics and Music, Anton started his career designing musical synthesizers, before returning to academia for four years to pursue his computing ambitions. Various software engineering roles culminated in 2003 when he founded the Rantmedia digital studio, recently recognised as a leading mobile development and UX studio in the UK.
In 2011, Anton founded an indie games development and publishing company - Rantmedia Games - with the express objective of creating and publishing high quality games on mobile. Anton's keen eye for detail and his passion for retro gaming has resulted in numerous awards, repeated critical acclaim, and high profile coverage on the App Stores. Rantmedia won the British Academy Cymru Games Award in 2016.
Chair, Events Sub-Committee
Editor David Peate has sixteen years experience in the industry. Choosing a work experienced based career path he left college and started as a runner, then edit assistant, at London based facilities before moving to Cardiff in 2002. He has worked on many network productions, including Time Team, Whites, Grandpa in My Pocket and Hunters of the South Seas. He also works extensively on commercials and promos, works closely with the BBC Wales Creative Services department, and has been involved in many award winning promos. Having established himself in an environment of often tight deadlines, and with an eye for detail, he also directs short films for 48 hour film challenge competitions.
Angharad Mair, Tinopolis
Angharad is an Executive Director with Tinopolis, one of the main independent media companies in the UK, and she is Chair of Tinopolis Wales. Her career began in BBC Wales in 1982 presenting the children’s magazine programme Bilidowcar, the moved to the News Department to present the breakfast news bulletins for BBC Wales. Angharad then progressed to present Wales Today and Newyddion for S4C. She joined Tinopolis in 1990 as one of the first presenters of the new magazine programme Heno. Angharad continues to present the programme and she is also Editor of S4C’s daily programmes which include Heno and the afternoon show Prynhawn Da. She was a columnist for the Wales on Sunday and the Welsh magazine Golwg for 5 years where she often wrote about the importance of the creative industries in Wales. She is also a keen runner and she represented Great Britain in the marathon in the World Championships in Athens in 1997.
Richard Moss, Gorilla
Chair, Awards Sub-Committee
Richard began his post production career after completing a BBC engineering course. His first job was as a trainee Video Tape Operator at Cardiff based Team Television. A stint as a junior editor at Stylus Television followed before he ventured into the freelance world working in Cardiff then in London. He returned to Cardiff to join the newly formed Pyramid Post Production where he became a partner, helping build the business from a single edit suite to a major facility.
In 1999 Richard left to form his own company - Mwnci Post Production. The business quickly grew into a nationally respected post house - providing offline and online editing, compositing, finishing and grading services for clients both in Wales and across the UK. A major expansion in 2011 coincided with the rebranding of Mwnci as Gorilla as acquisitions enabled the group to provide Graphics, VFX and Animation as well as facilities in Soho.
Richard is a multi award-winning editor. He cut his teeth on fast turn around event and sport work alongside documentary editing, quickly establishing himself as one of the most respected online finishers in the region.Richard has established a long-standing relationship with the Technical Heads of most broadcasters and has been key in testing new applications and equipment for major suppliers. He is a member of various working groups including the joint S4C/Cyfle Technical Steering Group. Richard is a qualified Skillset assessor.
Chair, Finance and Partnerships Sub-Committee
Samantha has over 20 years’ experience of television production mainly in producing factual features and documentaries. The content she has delivered with packed with challenging stories produced with creative flair and enthusiasm. Samantha has a track record of gaining access to major institutions in Wales and beyond. These qualities have been recognised by the media industry as she have won both a Royal Television Society Award and a BAFTA Cymru Award for her work in documentary storytelling. She is currently working as an Exec/Series Producer in BBC Studios. Most recently, she has delivered the BBC One Series ‘The Wanted’, developed new daytime formats as well as continuing to make the various ‘24/7’ documentary series for BBC Wales. Samantha is passionate about collaboration, team work and seeking out industry partnerships - embracing innovation and leading large multi-skilled teams to tell the best possible stories. Outside of work she is a deputy chair and parent governor for the Welsh Language Primary School, Ysgol Castellau in Beddau. She has run both the London and Brighton Marathons and completed the Great North Run and has recently gained a certificate in Leadership and Management from the University of Wales.
Heledd Wyn Hardy
Heledd Wyn is a passionate and experienced visual storyteller. She studied Drama and TV at the University of London and at the NFTS. She has worked in the
film and media industry, both within the BBC and Independent film companies. Her work has taken her across Wales, the UK, New York and the Basque Country,
as a freelance TV and film production manager, director and script editor. She has worked on numerous productions, including feature length films, Drama series
and Soap Operas. As a freelance film maker early on in her career, Heledd, won BFI’s Best Newcomer before embarking on a director’s journey. Being the driving creative force in a production - visualising and defining the style and structure of the film, then bringing it to life, has been a key part of Heledd’s career.
Heledd is currently a course leader for the BA Media Production (bilingual Welsh & English) at the school of Performance and Production, University of South Wales. Heledd has developed and delivers an industry relevant and practical 3yr degree programme, inspiring and guiding the next generation of filmmakers.
“Vision to Viewer Film: a journey from image to screen”, is a practical handbook Heledd wrote and published in 2017. It received very positive feedback and won
an award for Best Online Educational Tool as an online e-book.
Chair, North Wales Sub-Committee
He has been a TAC Council member off and on for the last 15 years, he has been Chair since 2009 and has overseen a turbulent time in the Television Industry in Wales. He sees his role as Chair of TAC as being a “critical friend” of S4C and its Authority, whilst attempting to ensure that the Sector within Wales get a fair deal.
During his Chairmanship S4C has seen huge changes in its funding, funding which is ultimately passed on to TAC members to produce S4C’s content, he has taken the view that “we are where we are”, and we have to be pragmatic about the situation, without losing sight of the fact that TV cannot be made for nothing, and has a huge impact on the economy of Wales, especially in the rural areas of North and West Wales.
Iestyn trained at Trinity College Carmarthen between 1971-74, whereupon he embarked on a career in Theatre and eventually into Television, firstly as an Actor/Presenter, then later becoming a Producer. He and his Partners run Antena, an Independent TV Company based in Caernarfon North Wales, making a varied tranche of programming, from Youth to Documentaries and Voicing Cartoons, to Corporate DVDs.
Ifty works for Bad Wolf and was previously the solicitor leading the BBC Wales Studios team. He’s previously worked on both independent and in house drama deals, including Sherlock, Doctor Who, Torchwood and been credited on Parade’s End and War and Peace. A particular interest of his is raising finance for drama productions through distribution finance or tax incentives (Parade’s End, War and Peace) and assisting in multi-platform brand extensions of Doctor Who (as seen in its computer games, animations and arena tours) and Merlin, Being Human and Sherlock.
Earlier in his career he assisted in the conception of “2bdiscovered.com” which was a forerunner of You Tube and talent shows, which was nominated in the 2000 Broadcast Awards, Best New Media Category.
He’s keen to see Welsh skills continue to evolve and develop in his areas to help perpetuate current successes.
Kimberley manages the Creative department at Ffilm Cymru Wales – the lottery film fund for Wales. As such, she sets the strategy and has management responsibility for development, production, company support, Cinematic and the Welsh Talent Network (funded by the BFI) as well as leading on the company’s additional talent development programmes. Recent projects include Rugano Nyoni’s ‘I Am Not a Witch (Cannes-selected 2017), Daisy Asquith’s ‘Queerama’ (Sheffield Doc Fest and IDFA selected 2017), and Euros Lyn’s ‘Y Llyfrgell’ (Bafta Cymru winner, Best Actress Edinburgh International Film Festival).
The former Head of Acquisitions and Development at two global sales agents (Mercury Media and Journeyman Pictures), Kimberley is also a producer and most recently worked on ‘Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah’, which was Oscar-nominated in 2016. Ffilm Cymru Wales is particularly driven to represent the full diversity of Wales in their funding activities: the creative team have achieved a 50/50 gender split on development funding awards and recently rolled out the training programme Foot in the Door to North Wales, which offers people not in education or employment on-set experience and transferable training in craft production roles. They also support numerous programmes such as the New Black Film Collective, the Shifft Female Filmmakers Lab, and Iris Festival’s welsh language LGBTQ short film scheme: Straeon Iris.
Liz started her career in 1986 presenting various programmes such as Heno Heno Children in Need, Bilidowcar, Sportfolio and other light entertainment programmes for BBC Wales. She then moved to S4C, and onto ITV Wales and BBC Radio Cymru where she continued her career as a continuity announcer. She progressed onto producing and directing for the independent sector for companies such as Tinopolis, Fulmar West, Melody Music and Onscreen Productions, scriptwriting programmes for Cwmni Da, Criw Byw and ITV Cymru and occasionally acting in TV dramas such as Gwaith Cartref and Pobol y Cwm.
After stints of weather presenting at S4C, she is now a promotions producer and continuity announcer at S4C where she has been the chair of BECTU for the past eight years. In her spare time Liz has presented seminars on freelancing in at TV for Skillset, as well as seminars on media compliance and the digital future at EBU Connect conferences in Lucerne and Dubrovnik. Liz’s main hobby is cooking which has led to appearances on Saturday Kitchen and UK Good Food. She also recently created and wrote a short film through It's My Shout for BBC Wales which was shortlisted for an award in this year’s Celtic Media Festival. Liz has worked for most production companies in Wales, and is always up to speed on the latest production news in Wales due to the requirements of her day job as well as her BECTU duties. Having presented, acted, produced, directed and scripted, Liz will bring a wealth of experience to her role as BAFTA committee member.
Over the last few years, I’ve been producing TV drama for ITV, both “Law and Order UK” then “The Trials of Jimmy Rose”, with Ray Winstone. I then went for 5 months to Cambodia with BBC Media Action, producing dramas, feature films and comedy about safe sex and democracy (two separate series!) before coming back to produce an ITV thriller in Brighton/London called “The Level”. Now, I’m happy to be back home in Cardiff for a spell, developing series for my own company, Coracle, and also working with Fiction Factory on their slate.
I enjoy teaching at the Royal Welsh College Music and Drama, Glasgow Caledonian Uni, Aberystwyth University and Bath Spa as a guest and mentor to students.
Born in Wembley, I’ve always loved stories and reading – so got an English degree at Clare College Cambridge and ran Clare Actors. I trained as a newspaper journalist, did three years on an evening paper, moved into radio news and docs at BBC and managed to shimmy across to arty-er stuff via Womans Hour till I was producing radio drama for World Service and then Radio 3 and 4.
I moved to TV drama at BBC Wales under Ruth Caleb, then left to freelance. I have worked on short films, animation, TV new writing, children's dramas including The Story of Tracy Beaker series 1 to 3 and ran Casualty as series producer, though sadly while it was still in Bristol. Through my production company, Machine, we made a single film, Zig Zag Love and a 26 part Canadian co produced children's drama, Tati’s Hotel.
Robert is a writer & series creator. He began his career in television as a development producer for Endemol Shine before moving into scripted drama. After script editing the award-winning BBC children’s series Young Dracula in 2008, he created and wrote two original short-form TV series for BBC Wales – produced, respectively, by Bethan Jones and Gareth Gwenlan. Robert then joined the writing team for John Sullivan’s hit BBC1 sitcom, Green Green Grass, which whetted his appetite comedy and led to over a decade of narrative comedy writing. During this time Robert created and developed original comedy ideas for a variety of production companies, including; Tiger Aspect, Big Talk, Kudos, Avalon, King Bert, Objective, Hattrick, Zodiak and ITV Studios.
In 2010 Robert created the BAFTA nominated CBBC comedy series, Sadie J, which ran for over 30 episodes and sold to over 25 countries worldwide – including the Starz Channel in the U.S. At the same time he wrote multiple episodes of the hit, award winning SKY1 comedy drama, Stella, across six seasons, he also originated the Disney Channel App series, So Sammy (co-created with Miranda Hart) and he created a wrote the ITV1 comedy series, Edge of Heaven (produced by Sherlock producer Beryl Vertue).
More recently Robert has branched out into drama, writing for the iconic BBC1 continuing drama series, Eastenders, as well as creating and writing Snow Feather, an original feature length family drama for S4C. In 2018 he also launched the hugely successful children’s drama Waffle the Wonder Dog for the BBC, along with scripting multiple episodes of the award-winning teen drama Secret Life of Boys for ABC in Australia. Robert is passionate about diversity and inclusivity and keenly promotes the representation of LGBTQ characters in his work. He also strives to tell stories that highlight the lives of those from deprived backgrounds and is vociferous in ensuring his work reflects the dynamic and ever-changing ethnicity of Wales and the UK as a whole. As a seasoned children’s writer Robert is also passionate about exploring the stories of young people and giving a voice to characters that push boundaries and do not conform.
Co-optees to Sub Committees
Aled Parry, Cube Interactive - Events
Anton Faulconbridge, RANT Media - Finance and Partnerships
Bedwyr Rees, Rondo, North Wales
Elenor Roberts, Tinopolis - Events
Elliw Williams, ATOM PR - North Wales
Emyr Williams, Pontio - North Wales
Ifor ap Glyn, Cwmni Da - North Wales
Kate Woodward, Aberystwyth University - North Wales
Llyr Morus, BBC Wales - Finance and Partnerships
Sam Hoyle, BBC Studios - Events
Sioned Morys, Chwarel - North Wales