Many of the leading lights of today’s broadcasting environment started their careers under Elan’s tutelage at the University of Aberystwyth. A career academic, since 1976 she has developed the university’s reputation as a centre of excellence for communications and the creative industries, sending out students capable of ensuring that UK broadcasting remains at the forefront of quality and creativity.
Alongside her academic career, Elan has enormous experience in policy and regulation through her roles on the Welsh Broadcasting Council and as Chair of the Welsh language broadcaster S4C. A native Welsh speaker who grew up in North Wales, Elan has a deep understanding of the concerns of licence fee payers, which she brings to the Trust along with her many years of experience in Welsh broadcasting.
"Public service broadcasting should lead from the front. It should be where audiences go first for ambitious, creative content, not a fall-back that simply makes up for gaps in the marketplace. The BBC today has a tough role. It must be efficient and manage on ever-tightening budgets, while enhancing its reputation for quality and being in the vanguard of different cultural forms and technical platforms. As Trustee for Wales, I have a particular role in ensuring the views of Welsh audiences are heard, including helping to resolve issues around S4C’s new relationship with the BBC."
"The Trust’s job is to be a critical friend of the BBC. It deserves our support and respect as well as our scrutiny"