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Creative Industries Sector Panel

The Creative Industries Sector Panel provides advice to Ministers and officials on opportunities for the sector.

This helps us develop policies and put them into practice.

The panel consists of business people with specialist industry expertise and established reputations within the creative industries sector.

Panel members

  • Ron Jones (Chair)

    Ron is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Tinopolis group of companies. Tinopolis plc is amongst the largest independent media companies in the UK with over 400 full-time staff. Headquartered in Llanelli, the company also has offices in London, Glasgow, Cardiff and Oxford.

    Ron is originally from Brynaman and studied at Cardiff University. After qualifying as a chartered accountant, he progressed to become a partner in Arthur Andersen.

    Ron was the founder Chairman of Real Radio, the commercial radio licence for South Wales and a joint venture between Tinopolis and the Guardian Media Group. He is also a non-executive director of Swansea-based Enfis Ltd.

    He is a former member of the Sports Council for Wales and the Welsh Language Board and has held a variety of other posts in the public and private sectors. Ron was for 8 years the Honorary Treasurer of Glamorgan County Cricket Club. He is a board member and former Chairman of the Scarlets.

    Besides being a member of the Creative Industries Sector Panel, he is also a member of the Welsh Government’s Media Investment Panel.

  • Dai Davies

    Originally from Carmarthenshire, Dai spent most of his career in the London-based music industry before returning to live in Wales.

    At the age of 21 he was appointed publicity and marketing manager for David Bowie. 3 years later he formed his own music company which was to become the principal promoter of punk rock in London. His management and music publishing companies represented some of the most successful musical artists of the 70s and 80s including The Stranglers, Joe Jackson, the Art of Noise and Lou Reed.

    In 1992, Dai became Managing Director (and later CEO) of Sanctuary Music Productions. The company grew to be the UK’s largest provider of recording studio facilities and owner of one of the world’s largest catalogues of recorded music copyright.

    Dai returned to Wales in 2000. Since then he has served as a member of the Arts Council of Wales, a Governor of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, a non-executive director of the Welsh Government and as a member of the Media Investment Panel. He is currently a trustee of the Bevan Foundation, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a director of Swansea Bay Futures Ltd and of the not-for-profit digital company, Localist.

  • Ellen McDonald

    Ellen was born and raised in Pontardawe until moving to Los Angeles in 1986 where she has worked in television production finance for the past 27 years.

    Ellen started her career as a Freelance Production Accountant and spent 14 years working on many television series and movies before joining CBS Studios as Vice President of Television Finance in 2001.

    She is now back in the UK working as the Financial Controller on the TV series Outlander. Besides being a member of the Creative Industries Sector Panel, she is also a member of the Welsh Government’s Media Investment Panel.