The Commissioner may consult the Advisory Panel on any matter.
The appointment of the Advisory Panel
Members of the panel are appointed by Welsh Ministers. The panel must include between 3 and 5 members at any one time, and members will be in post for 3 years.
The curremt members of the Advisory Panel are Bethan Jones Parry (Chair), Carl Cooper, Dr Heledd Iago, Nick Speed and Meinir Davies.
Bethan Jones Parry
She has extensive experience in communications and broadcasting through the medium of Welsh.
She was a news presenter on S4C and a member of BBC Wales’s Broadcast Council and ITV Wales’s Viewer’s Committee for periods during the 1980s and the 1990s.
She has facilitated and chaired meetings for Anglesey council, the Welsh Government and police among others.
She was head of press and public relations for North Wales Police, manager of the Kate Roberts Heritage Centre and director of the Welsh language programme at the National Writer’s Centre for Wales in Tŷ Newydd, Llanystumdwy.
She now coordinates the Gwynedd Slate Mining Areas’ application to receive World Heritage Status and chairs a group which considers the possible effects of a new nuclear power station on the Welsh language on Anglesey.
She was President of Dyfodol i’r Iaith from 2012-14 and President of Merched y Wawr’s Llwyndyrys branch from 2013-15. has extensive experience in communications and broadcasting through the medium of Welsh.
He has spent all of his working life in the voluntary sector. He worked for the Church in Wales for 25 years and has held senior management and leadership roles since 1999.
Born in Wigan, he has worked and lived in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Gwynedd. He learned Welsh and is now fluent in the language.
In the past, he has served on the Church in Wales’ governing board, Trinity College’s council, BBC’s Audience Council Wales and Children in Need Wales’ charity committee. He is a member of the Powys Local Services board and the Welsh Government’s Third Sector Partnership Council.
He began his role as Chief Executive of Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations in July 2008. He is involved in supporting and representing the third sector in a number of ways on a local, regional and national level.
Dr Heledd Iago
Originally from Rhyl, Heledd Iago went to Aberystwyth University to study her first degree in Bio-chemistry and genetics, before moving on to the Cancer Research Institute at Bangor University to finish her doctorate. She now works in the Medical school at Swansea University as a Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol lecturer in medical sciences and is a member of the Genome and Structural Bioinformatics research group led by Dr Jonathan Mullins.
He works for British Gas, where his role as a Public Affairs manager sees him look after relations with political stakeholders and other external organisations in Wales and around Britain.
Previously he was a civil servant, overseeing the establishment of a Wales office for the energy regulator, Ofgem. Prior to that he worked as a journalist in both print and broadcast media. He was Political Editor for ITV Cymru Wales and also held the same post for The Western Mail and South Wales Echo, based at Westminster. While living in London, he also spent time as a reporter on The Sunday Times.
Born and raised in Derbyshire, Nick is a Welsh learner – and is proud to have won the Welsh Learner of the Year at Cardiff University’s Welsh for Adults school in 2012.
He lives in Roath, Cardiff, where he served on the board of Cadwyn Housing Association for over six years. He has also been a school governor.
She is a Director with JCP Solicitors Limited in Swansea, specialising in personal injury and medical negligence. She was appointed JCP’s Welsh Language Co-ordinator in 2012, in a role which includes promoting the Welsh language services that are available to clients and supporting the increasing number of Welsh speaking staff in the company. She is also on the committee of the Swansea and District Law Society.
Born and bred in Swansea, she studied Law in the South East and North West of England, and qualified as a Solicitor in 1993. She worked in London for a period before returning to Wales in 2001.
A former chair of Governors at Ysgol Gymraeg Brynymor, Meinir is now a Governor at Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr and Secretary of Clwb Rhedeg Pontardawe Running Club.