The director of Assembly Communication Services at the Welsh
Assembly, Manon Williams, is leaving to join the BBC.
Williams has been appointed to the newly-created head of public affairs
role at BBC Wales’ HQ in Cardiff. She takes up the post in
She is currently head of communications at the National Assembly of
Wales, a position she took 18 months ago. Her replacement there has yet
to be announced.
The post at BBC Wales has been created following the recent departure of
public affairs manager, Glyn Mathias, who spent only eight months in the
role (PR Week, 12 May).
Williams will be responsible for liaising with political parties and the
National Assembly. She will also oversee regulatory policies and
accountability issues for BBC Wales, and joins as the media faces a
shake-up by the Communications Act.
’The issues of cross-media ownership, deregulation, and implementation
of digital and on-line technology are all areas to be examined,’ she
She reports to BBC Wales controller, Menna Richards, who oversaw recent
’Williams’ breadth of knowledge and experience will be a great asset in
communicating BBC policy and accountability issues in the challenging
years ahead,’ said Richards. Williams will also report to the BBC
national governor for Wales, and the country’s broadcasting council.
Cardiff-born Williams is a former assistant private secretary to the
Prince of Wales and was head of PR at S4C.
’I am reserving judgment on my role until I have spoken with key
But I am looking forward to the challenges ahead,’ she said.
and continuing my association with National Assembly members and
officials, and forging working relationships with the Broadcasting
Council,’ she said.