Head of Group Communications
John Williams took up the position of Head of Communications for the Welsh Rugby Union Group in January 2007. Williams was formerly Head of News at ITV Wales for nine years in charge of mainstream management, budget control and strategic development and has spent a working lifetime in journalism.
As Head of News at ITV Wales Williams managed a team of forty-five journalists and technicians within a multi-million pound annual budget. Under Williams's stewardship ITV Wales News won the coveted Royal Television Society Regional News Programme of the Year Award for the first time in 2003 and in more recent times he spearheaded a major restructure of the news operation including a £2.6 million investment in digital technology.
John has more than twenty-five years experience of working in television news and as a journalist for Fleet Street, regional newspapers and magazines. He started his journalistic career as a reporter on the South Wales Echo in Cardiff before gaining freelance agency experience in the Welsh capital. In the early to mid 1980s he was based in London as a staff reporter for the Sunday Mirror.
There he gained experience working in the UK and oversees on major news and feature assignments. He headed up reporting teams on major news stories such as the Brighton Bomb outrage, worked on investigations and frequently operated as newsdesk cover in senior editorial roles. In the late 1980s he returned to Cardiff to run a freelance news and feature agency before entering television full time with HTV Wales.