Stella Thomas served on the board of Passenger Focus (2006 to 2013) as National Member for Wales, appointed by the Welsh Government. During this seven year period she gained a great deal of knowledge about the rail and bus industry throughout Britain. Her special focus was on the needs of rail passengers in Wales. She worked closely with all the train companies serving Welsh passengers, as well as key partners such as the BTP and Network Rail.
Mrs Thomas was formerly Head of the Independent Television Commission (ITC) for Wales and the West of England, a position she held for 12 years, until the ITC became absorbed into Ofcom, the new independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries. Prior to becoming a television regulator, Mrs Thomas held senior positions in HTV Wales (now ITV Wales) and the Wales Tourist Board (now Visit Wales). She began her career in education, teaching in Breconshire.
Mrs Thomas’ experience at Board level includes ten years on the Millennium Stadium Board, three years on the Board of Sport Wales and three years on the Wales Council of Save the Children. Her current part-time activities in Wales include training and professional tourist guiding in the hospitality and tourism sectors.
Stella Thomas became a BTPA member on 1 September 2013