BBC Studios has appointed Siân O’Callaghan to the newly created role of Director of Production Operations in Wales.

Based at the BBC’s Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff Bay, O’Callaghan will be tasked with driving and operating the production base across multiple genres and business units.

Her role will also include building a “diverse and inclusive” local production community, working with local independent production companies to promote a vibrant production ecology in Cardiff and managing key relationships affecting BBC Studios Wales.

Reporting directly to Lisa Opie, Managing Director, UK Production at BBC Studios, Siân will sit on the BBC Studios Global Leadership Group to champion business in Wales.

She is currently the Head of Change at BBC Wales where she drove the BBC’s Central Square programme, relocating BBC Cymru Wales to a new broadcast centre in Cardiff.

She started her production career in 1997 as a broadcast journalist before going on to produce political and news programmes for the BBC. Since then O’Callaghan has held senior producer and producer roles on various popular factual programmes including The One Show and Crimewatch. In addition, she has held senior editorial roles on a range of live events including the Royal Opening of the National Assembly of Wales, the European Referendum and numerous General and Welsh Elections. A fluent Welsh speaker, she has also produced programmes for S4C.

Lisa Opie, Managing Director, UK Production at BBC Studios, said: “Siân has the perfect mix of skills for this role as we look to grow our production business in Wales. Her operational and editorial background perfectly equip her to build a culture we’re proud of. She has a deep understanding of the unique strengths and challenges for the sector in Cardiff and will ensure we attract the very best talent to this really important base.”

Siân O’Callaghan, said: “I am delighted to be joining BBC Studios at such a crucial time. The BBC Studios teams in Wales have such expertise and produce incredible programmes across many genres that are loved by millions around the world. I can’t wait to start working with everyone at Roath Lock to take the centre from strength to strength and deliver our ambitions for the future.”

She will take up her new role in September 2020.

Jon Creamer

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