JUDGES

The Journalists' Charity Wales Media Awards are judged by senior and respected journalists who are completely independent of the Awards organisers and the Journalists’ Charity.

The organisers would like to extend their grateful thanks to all of them for their time and commitment.

Jonathan Grun – chair   

Emeritus editor, Press Association

Allaina Kilby

Allaina is a lecturer in journalism at Swansea University, and is Undergraduate Programme Director for the Journalism Media and Communication degree. Allaina teaches a range of journalism modules that provide students with the skills to understand the theoretical principles and debates that underpin journalism.  She also teaches students practical journalism skills including news and feature writing, and digital news gathering techniques  

Barry Jones

Runs training and consultancy business BMJ Media following 40 years as a journalist in TV, radio and newspapers including the North Wales Weekly News, Liverpool Daily Post, ITV and BBC

David Thomas

Broadcaster & trainer

Elis Owen

Former national director, ITV Wales, head of commissioning, BBC Cymru

Emma Hoskyns

News editor, ITN

Emma Meese

Centre for Community Journalism, Cardiff University

Geoff Mayor

Former picture editor, Central Television and Carlton Television; represented Daily Mirror, Scottish Daily Record and the Sunday Mirror in the US

Glenn Edwards

Former UK Press Photographer of the Year and regular contributor to The Independent and Independent on Sunday

Glyn Mon Hughes

A freelance journalist, who has worked in broadcasting, newspapers and magazines. He is a former lecturer in journalism  at Liverpool John Moores University where he still teaches

Gwenno Ffrancon

Head of Department, Hywel Teifi, Swansea University

Jill Palmer

Former medical correspondent, Daily Mirror

Joe Towns

Cardiff Metropolitan University School of Sport lecturer. Formerly with BBC Sport, Sky Sports, IMG, Eurosport and South Wales Evening Post

John Crowley

A journalist for 20 years - he has worked for The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail and The Wall Street Journal and now works as a freelance journalist

John Curzon

John has worked in journalism for 50 years, starting at the Western Mail then moving to BBC Wales where he was Editor of English Language TV and radio news, before joining HTV where he was Editor of News.  A move to Avid Technology saw him travelling world-wide introducing journalists to new technology before moving to the Bristol School of Journalism at the University of the West of England where he has been working as a senior lecturer in broadcast journalism

John Williams

Former head of communications, WRU, former head of news, ITV Wales

Laura Watts

A specialist in television sport: Series Producer for McLaren's F1 race day programmes, Director of World Athletics and Commonwealth Games events, freelance filmmaker and champion of great storytelling.

Nadene Ghouri

Freelance journalist, writer & broadcaster; former BBC & Al Jazeera English correspondent

Nicole Garnon

Nicole Garnon, former editor of the South Wales Argus and its associated weekly newspapers, spent more than 30 years working for the paper. Starting as a trainee in the Ebbw Vale office, Nicole then worked for a short time on the Western Mail.

 

She returned to the Argus as its health reporter, a role she held for several years before moving on to the news desk as deputy and then news editor. The mother of two was then promoted to assistant editor, then deputy and most recently editor of the daily paper before leaving the post last year. Nicole worked closely with the NCTJ as a member of the accreditation board.

Paul Bishop

Paul Bishop trained as a journalist with the Monmouthshire Free Press before joining the South Wales Argus as a news reporter. He moved to Celtic Newspapers in Merthyr where he became Chief Sub Editor. His first role as editor came with the Gwent Gazette and he later went on to edit the group’s flagship Merthyr Express series of newspapers. A move into public relations saw him work as Communications Manager for Welsh Water, Head of Internal Communications for Hyder PLC and Head of Corporate Communications for Western Power Distribution - a role he performed until his retirement in 2019.

Paul Calverley

Started his career on newspaper and is a former Head of Network Factual Development for ITV in Wales and the West of England. He has worked in Hong Kong and Australia

Peter Brookes

Former News Editor TVam, Central ITV and Meridian TV. Night News Ed at the Today newspaper and latterly Managing Director of Manchester United TV

Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson’s career spans almost half a century in newspapers radio and television. . He  is best known as the long serving freelance presenter of BBC Wales breakfast news strand, Good Morning Wales. Alongside that he was a mainstay of the Beeb’s current affairs output presenting the award-winning Eye on Wales  and  tv reporting  for Wales Today and Week In Week Out. He trained on Thomson newspapers in the days of hot metal and recently retired in an all-digital era. 

Richard Savill

Former Ireland & West of England correspondent, Daily Telegraph

Rob Campbell

University of South Wales journalism lecturer and researcher and former newspaper sub on national titles and regional titles

Robin Elias

Robin Elias recently retired as Managing Editor of ITV News. He worked at ITN for more than 35 years, as scriptwriter, producer, and programme editor. His career highlights include programme editing on the day of the death of the Princess of Wales, and on the 9/11 attack on New York and Washington. He has a particular interest in increasing diversity across UK newsrooms. On his retirement, he received the RTS award for Outstanding Contribution to television news. He is now Chair of the International News Safety Institute. 

Robin Roberts

After starting and training as a weekly reporter in South Wales, Robin joined the Western Mail and developed the motor-sport and motoring pages based on the automotive and retail sector throughout Wales. He went on to establish Wales’ only dedicated motoring news agency and website while covering international motor shows and Welsh industry news for international publications with stints as a commentator on radio for breaking motoring news.

Shirley Lewis

Broadcast journalism lecturer, former Sky News Northern office Bureau Chief

Spencer Feeney

Former editor of the Llanelli Star, The Citizen, and the South Wales Evening Post, as well as senior editorial positions at The Sentinel (Stoke on Trent) and the Express & Echo (Exeter)

Tim Gordon

A journalist for 25 years - much of that time spent in Wales - where he was editor of the South Wales Echo, WalesOnline, Wales On Sunday and night editor of the Western Mail. He also worked on the news desk and on consumer affairs programmes for ITV Wales

Tweli Griffiths

Former award-winning current affairs reporter and producer