BBC Wales Charities Advisory forum

What we do

The BBC Wales Charities Advisory Forum (WCAF) is an advisory board to the BBC Cymru Wales Board of Management and to the Trustees of BBC Children in Need. It has two distinct responsibilities : 

1. Charity Broadcasts

WCAF provides advice on policy and BBC Cymru Wales charity broadcasts. It also advises on BBC-wide fundraising projects as they affect Wales. 

2. BBC Children in Need

WCAF advises the Trustees of BBC Children in Need on the implementation of policy and procedures, particularly on matters as they affect Wales. It also makes recommendations to the Trustees on the distribution of grants in Wales and advises BBC Cymru Wales on aspects of the annual BBC Children in Need Appeal and programme. 

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Contact us

For further information please telephone 03703 500 700 * (weekdays 9.30am to 7.30pm) or contact us via BBC Cymru Wales Audience Services. 

* Please note : calls to the 0370 UK-wide rate are charged at no more than 01/02 geographic numbers. Calls may be recorded for training. 0870 calls from a BT line cost up to 6p per minute (some operators and mobiles vary).

Who we are

Catrin Fletcher - Chair

Catrin is the Director of Operations, Wales for Leonard Cheshire Disability and has worked in the third sector in Wales for nearly 20 years where she has worked extensively in sectors supporting children and young people. She has previously held Wales Director posts with NCMA Cymru, RNID, Home-Start and the British Red Cross. 

Her involvement in the sector started nearly 35 years ago since when she has volunteered for a number of organisations including the Samaritans, MIND, conservation organisations and the Red Cross. Catrin has served on the Boards of WCVA, Keep Wales Tidy, Children in Wales, Foundation Housing; a member of the VSPC (Voluntary Sector Policy Council), chairing the Volunteering Policy Forum, member of the Children in Wales Policy Council and the BBC Wales Appeals Advisory Committee for 4 years.

Hannah Williams - Vice Chair

Hannah is the Director of Development for Volcano Theatre, an arts organisation based in Swansea. Prior to this Hannah held roles with a number of other organisations including Platform 51, Vale of Glamorgan Youth Service and Inroads Street Drugs Project. 

Hannah's career has been varied and has included managing street based youth services, and delivering outreach and resettlement services working for a variety of charities in Wales including homelessness charities, street drugs agencies and services for those experiencing mental illness. In her spare time she continues to volunteer for an number of organisations in both governance and face to face roles. The scope of her work has meant working nationally and internationally - from Ceredigion to Uganda. 

Hannah lives in Cardiff.

Alwyn Rowlands

Alwyn retired as a Senior Police Officer and took up voluntary work with The Stroke Association (having survived a stroke himself). He was appointed as an Information Officer with the Stroke Association and set up an Information Centre for North West Wales. From 1996 to 2008 he was the Area Manager covering North Wales and Powys for the Alzheimer's Society. He is currently involved in developing and monitoring services for Age Concern. 

Together with his wife, Medwen, he runs a charity for children and adults on the Autistic Spectrum Disorder; he represents the interest of Wales on the Council of the National Autistic Society. He is a trustee and Treasurer of Disability Welfare Rights Charitable Trust and a trustee and Treasurer of Mantell Gwynedd, the Local Voluntary Council. 

He is a member of the North West Wales Council of St. John Cymru and a member of the Involving People Organisation. He is Vice Chair of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Stakeholder Reference Group, is a former Chair of Community Health Council and is currently Chair of Ysgol Y Faenol School Governors.

Sanjiv Vedi

A graduate of Cardiff University where he studied Law and Politics, Sanjiv currently works for Welsh Government. He has held a variety of roles at senior level including Head of Voluntary Sector and Inclusion unit and Deputy Director Borders and Immigration Agency Wales & South West, and spent a year on secondment at the Princes Trust in Wales.

He currently Chair’s Show Racism the Red Card Wales and is a Director of the Football Association for Wales, Football in the Community Trust.

Sanjiv is a skilled senior manager with board level experience. He possesses strong marketing, communication and diplomatic skills operating at the highest levels of government and within large complex organisations. A strong relationship manager, whose management skills are complemented by his sound judgement, strategic outlook and experience of working in a socio-political and economic environment. Sanjiv has a breadth of experience working at all levels and understand the important role played by voluntary organisations in society.

Stephen Vaughan Thomas

Stephen currently works as a consultant and educationalist. He lectures at Cardiff University, and submits bids to major funders on behalf of educational and humanitarian bodies.

After working initially in health education and language teaching, in London and in Paris, Stephen joined Save the Children. There he managed development and reconstruction programmes in Mozambique, Somalia and Angola for 4 years. More recently he has worked for Save the Children as a consultant in Niger. He has also worked as Africa Grants Officer for Comic Relief.

He was Director of the Welsh Centre for International Affairs from 1996-2010. As part of that role he was also Secretary of the United Nations Association in Wales and of the global citizenship education body CEWC-Cymru.

A graduate of Jesus College, Oxford and of University of Wales College, Cardiff, Stephen is a fluent Welsh speaker. He has had wide non-executive board experience with such groups as Cardiff Law Centre, Wales Council for Voluntary Action, and the Welsh Assembly’s Third Sector Partnership Council, as well as in a volunteering capacity with various bodies.

Llinos Griffin-Williams

Llinos’s career straddles both the Charity sector and Media, as she Project Managed several large initiatives supporting children and young people in the Public, Private and Charitable Sector both in Wales and Africa before moving into the media industry.

Having enjoyed working with children and young people Llinos gained a PGCE specialising in Primary Education, subsequently working as a teacher for a number of years before joining the BBC as a freelance Education Consultant working on Bite-size, Learning Zone and BBC Wales Educational Content. Llinos is a Welsh speaker.

Since 2011 in her role as Production Manager with Green Bay Media she has been working closely with charities such as the NSPCC, Youth Minds and Barnardos.

In 2013 Llinos was selected as a Committee member for the National Lottery’s ‘Bright New Future’s Committee’, responsible for advising The BIG Lottery Fund on the allocation of £14 million grant funding for projects supporting Children with disabilities and young parents in Wales.

Claire Cartwright

Claire is currently the Operational Manager for the Diocese of Llandaff Board for Social Responsibility where she oversees projects such as a parent assessment unit, a supported housing project, a day care nursery and a family centre. Plus the development of all new outreach projects in the Llandaff Diocese.

Her career has been varied working in the commercial and voluntary sector holding managerial positions. She has a vast experience of developing projects, restructuring and merging organisations working closely as a trustee or reporting to a trustee board. Claire is a trustee with Race Equality First (REF) plus she advises a number of community groups on governance and sustainability.

Claire’s particular interest is the inequality within society and the long term impact on individuals, families and the wider communities and has had the opportunity to present her experiences to the Welsh Government, Cardiff City Council scrutiny meetings, Home Start National conference and The Houses of Parliament.

Claire has recently graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University with an MSc in Management; her dissertation questioned to what extend is the voluntary sector willing to adapt to ensure their future existence.

Kate O’Sullivan

Kate works as a Director of Gilfach Goch Community Association in Rhondda Cynon Taff. She has been instrumental in establishing and developing a number of projects that are designed to improve the lives of others but particularly the lives of children, young people and their families. Kate has a keen interest in tackling issues experienced by those residing in areas of multiple deprivation, having had first hand experience of growing up in this environment.

She has spent over twelve years working in the voluntary sector and has for the past four years sat on the Board of Directors of Interlink County Voluntary Council for Rhondda Cynon Taff. Kate also sits on a number of other committees including the local Communities First Cluster Board.

Prior to working in the field of community development she worked within the homelessness sector and has volunteered her time with other third sector organisations.

Rocio Cifuentes

Rocio Cifuentes is the Chilean born daughter of political refugees from Chile, who settled in Swansea in 1977. Schooled in Swansea, she went on to attend Cambridge University. After spending some time working in the charitable sector in London, she returned to Swansea and worked as a teacher of Sociology, as a Tenancy Support Worker, and as a University Researcher. She gained her Master’s degree in Social Research Methods from Swansea University, writing her dissertation on the Ethnic identity of young people in South Wales.

In 2004 she became Director of CEMVO Wales (Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations), and within this capacity identified a successful but under-resourced pilot project supporting ethnic minority young people – which, with her support, became constituted as the Ethnic Youth Support Team. She has since led and developed EYST to where it is now, and has been its Director since 2008.

In a voluntary capacity, Rocio is a board member of CWVYS (Council for Wales Voluntary Youth Services), WCVA (Welsh Council of Voluntary Action) and RCC (Race Council Cymru).

She is currently studying part-time for a PhD in Young People and Far Right Extremism in Swansea University.

She lives in Mumbles with her partner and two young children.