Wales Advisory Forum
Established in 1991, the Wales Advisory Forum (WAF) was formed to assist BT Wales with the task of identifying and responding to the needs of BT's customers in Wales. The forum also provides the opportunity to discuss with prominent people in Wales other ways in which BT can contribute to Welsh communities.
The Wales Advisory Forum is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds, all of whom bring their particular talents, skills and work experiences together for the benefit of BT Wales and the wider community.
Forum members include:
Dr Clive Grace
WAF Chair Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Local and Regional Governance, Cardiff University's Business School
Clive Grace is Chair of the Local Better Regulation Office, an NDPB which drives better regulation at local level across the UK. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff Business School and a member of the WAG Health and Social Services Corporate Governance Committee. He is also the chairman of Supporta plc, an AIM listed company providing services to the public and private sectors – they are the UK's 4th largest provider of domiciliary care. He is also Chair of the RCUK Shared Services Centre Ltd, one of the largest and most complex shared services projects in the UK public sector, and a Non-Executive Director of Nominet, the steward of dotUK, one of the world's largest and most respected internet domain name registries. He does extensive pro bono work with SOLACE and CIPFA, the two premier local government professional bodies, and is an Honorary Life Member of both.
Until 2005 Clive was the Director General of the Audit Commission in Wales and Deputy Auditor-General for Wales, and prior to that he was chief executive of Torfaen County Borough Council. He is a qualified lawyer, and has a Doctorate from the University of Oxford, a master's degree from the University of California, a bachelor's degree from the University of Birmingham, and a management qualification from the Open University.
Managing Director Next Generation Access, BT Retail
Before moving to BT Business, Bill was Chief Executive of BT in Ireland (spanning both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland) and Managing Director, BT Regions (covering Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales). He has had a long career in BT but did spend a few years ‘on the outside’ up to early 2002, when he was CEO of e-peopleserve - a 50:50 joint venture between BT Group and Accenture. That company has since been purchased by Accenture and now provides all of BT’s transactional HR services. In all, he has spent 16 years in BT, mostly in sales and general management roles across the UK, Europe and North America. He started his career at ITT Worldcom in the US. He now lives in London with his wife and two children and spends a lot of time visiting customers and his team around the country.
Consultant, Project Development Partnership
Peter’s career background is in the field of corporate responsibility working for the Confederation of British Industry, Department of Trade & Industry and Business in the Community. Awarded the OBE in 1995 for work in establishing links between business and education under the DTI’s Enterprise Initiative, Peter was Managing Director at Business in the Community UK from 1995 to 2005. He returned home to Wales in 2005 and was appointed Commissioner for Wales and Vice Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, providing independent advice to the Welsh and UK Governments. Following the closure of the UK Commission, the Welsh Government appointed him as Wales' first Sustainable Futures Commissioner in April 2011. He was also appointed to be the first independent chair of the Climate Change Commission for Wales in 2011. Peter has undertaken a range of consultancy projects since 2005 including as consultant to the Prince’s Charities in Wales and St James Ethics Centre corporate responsibility research programme in Australia. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Institute for Sustainability & Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) at the University of Wales Trinity St David in 2011 where he has an associate role. Peter is chairman of the Cambrian Mountains Initiative, a member of The Institute of Welsh Affairs Board and the BT Wales Advisory Board and is also a trustee of WCVA, Size of Wales and Prime Cymru.