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Communications Assistants

Laura Hodges

Email: HodgesL1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone: 029 2087 0298
Extension: 70298

Contact Us - Laura HodgesPrior to joining the Communications team at the University in 2014 Laura spent 2 years working in Marketing and Events for Cardiff based digital agency Spindogs. Before that Laura spent time in London working at the head offices of beauty brands NailsInc and later on Ciate.

 

Laura is a graduate of Cardiff’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, which she graduated from in 2010.

Main Areas Of Responsibility
 
  • Media enquiries & evaluation
  • Social and digital media for main University Facebook, Twitter and youtube accounts.
  • Supporting internal communications, including Blas e-newsletter, Connections and Communications Network
  • Corporate web content, including news & events webpages

  • Photography and filming requests
  • Publications support
  • Corporate event support

Louise Hartrey

Email: HartreyLC@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone: 029 2087 0293
Extension: 70293

 

Contact us - Louise HartreyLouise has worked at the University for 8 years in a variety of roles. Prior to working with the Communications team she worked in the Human Resources Directorate as a PA and Positive Working Environment Project Administrator. Before that Louise worked in the School of Psychology as a Senior Administrative Assistant, working on a variety of projects including the School Research Ethics Committee, the Fertility Pathways Network and the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

 

Louise has a BA in History & Politics and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Primary). Louise is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Main Areas Of Responsibility
 
  • Media enquiries & evaluation
  • Social and digital media for main University Facebook, Twitter and youtube accounts.
  • Supporting internal communications, including Blas e-newsletter, Connections and Communications Network
  • Corporate web content, including news & events webpages

  • Photography requests
  • Publications support
  • Corporate event support

Communications Officers

Tom Barrett

Email: BarrettTL1@cardiff.ac.uk

Telephone: 029 2087 5596
Extension: 75596

 

Contact us - Tomas Barrett Tom is a multilingual Masters graduate of International Journalism from Cardiff University with experience working in public relations since 2009.

 

Tom has undertaken several communications roles with leading international organisations, both in the UK and the US.

Main Areas Of Responsibility
 

Catrin Palfrey

Email: PalfreyC@cardiff.ac.uk

Telephone: 029 2087 0752
Extension: 70752
 

 Catrin Palfrey

Catrin has worked at the University since 2008 when she joined as Public Relations assistant working on a variety of projects including the launch of the University’s Research Institutes, the staff communications strategy and the 125th anniversary celebrations. Catrin has since worked in a variety of communication roles at the University, including Communications Officer across three research centres and most recently managing marketing and communication for the School of Social Sciences.

 

Catrin has a BSc Honours in Business Studies and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), having recently completed the CIPR Advanced Certificate in Public Relations.

Catrin is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Main Areas Of Responsibility
 

GW4/Cardiff University Communications and Connectivity Officer

Alison Tobin

Email: TobinA@cardiff.ac.uk

Telephone: 029 2087 0011
Extension: 70011

 

Alison has over 13 years’ experience in public relations across the private, public and voluntary sectors.

 

She has been at the University since 2011 and managed public relations and marketing in the Law School prior to joining the PR team. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and is also an Accredited Practitioner.

 

Alison has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Public Relations. She is the Secretary for the CIPR’s Education and Skills Group.

 

Main Areas Of Responsibility
 
  • Managing communications for the GW4 Alliance
  • Project management of the new University research magazine

Innovation System Communications Manager

Victoria Dando

Email: DandoV2@cardiff.ac.uk

Telephone: 029 2087 9074
Extension: 79074

 

Contact us - Victoria DandoVictoria joined the Public Relations Office in 2007, having worked previously as a researcher and producer in radio and television for companies including BBC Wales, Boomerang and Green Bay.

 

Victoria is a graduate of Cardiff’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and is currently a postgraduate student at the School writing up her PhD.

Main Areas Of Responsibility
 
  • Cardiff Innovation System communications

Events Officer

Lucy Skellon

Email: SkellonLM@cardiff.ac.uk

Telephone: 029 2087 4834
Extension: 74834

 

Contact Us - Lucy SkellonLucy has worked at the University since 2009, firstly as PA to the Director of Strategic Development within the Vice-Chancellor’s office and as Events Officer since 2012.

 

Prior to working at the University, Lucy worked for 7 years in the hospitality industry as PA to the General Manager of The St David’s Hotel & Spa in Cardiff Bay, where she gained valuable experience in the weddings, conference and celebratory events markets.

 

Lucy has also spent time teaching English abroad and has spent time in London working as PA support in the financial and sports media and marketing industries.

 

Lucy has a BSc (Econ) in European Community Studies.

Main Areas Of Responsibility
 
  • University Corporate event planning & management
  • Supporting international & embassy inward visits to the University
  • Supporting and assisting in planning major University annual events such as Welsh Varsity and Graduation
  • Supporting public affairs events and visits to the University.
  • Assisting Schools and Colleges in event planning and management for Distinguished Lecture Series, departmental and facility launches.

Head of Communications

Emma Darling

Email: DarlingEL@cardiff.ac.uk

Telephone: 029 2087 4499
Extension: 74499

 

Contact us - Emma Darling Emma has more than ten years experience in public relations and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). Previous roles have included Communications at the University of Aberdeen and Marketing for publishers Edinburgh University Press and the fiction imprint Polygon.  

 

Emma has an MA in History and Politics, MPhil in Publishing Studies & CIPR Diploma in Public Relations. She is also Director of Communications for Tennis Wales. 

Main Areas Of Responsibility
 
  • Lead the communications team
  • Corporate communications & strategy
  • Reputation management on key issues
  • Line manager to: Deputy Head of Communications; Communications and Media Managers; Film Producer and Internal Communications Manager.

Deputy Head of Communications

Chris Jones

Email: JonesC83@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone: 029 2087 4731
Extension: 74731

Contact us - Chris JonesBefore joining the University in 2009 Chris worked in research and communications in politics for the Labour Party and in health, for the British Medical Association. Chris is a Cardiff University Politics graduate and has a CIPR diploma in Public Relations.

Main Areas Of Responsibility
 
  • Reputation management of key issues
  • Proactive communications campaigns
  • Deputise for Head of Communications
  • Communications support for the College of Biomedical& Life Sciences
  • Media training
  • Line manager to: Communications Officers and Communications Assistants.

Communications and Media Managers

Heath Jeffries

Email: JeffriesHV1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone: 029 2087 0917
Extension: 70917


 

Contact us - Heath JeffriesHeath joined the University in December 2013. He has worked in senior media relations roles (Office for National Statistics, Human Tissue Authority) and in journalism (ITV News / Western Mail). He is a Cardiff Law School graduate and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Main Areas Of Responsibility
 

Kevin Leonard

Email: LeonardK2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone: 029 2087 0997

Extension: 70997 

Kevin Leonard PhotoKevin joined the University in August 2014. He has previously worked in journalism initially at the Kidderminster Shuttle, then on the South Wales Echo and the group's weekly valleys titles before joining BBC Wales. Kevin worked at BBC Wales for 15 years on the newsdesk, in the political unit and on the news website.

Main Areas Of Responsibility

  • Lead PR contact on media relations and stakeholder engagement for the University’s flagship engagements projects.
  • Developing social media, web and digital media content in support of the University’s public engagement activities.
  • Liaising with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to research information for wider public relations campaigns and events.


Public Affairs Manager

Lowri Jones

Email: JonesLC3@cardiff.ac.uk

Telephone: 029 2087 0995
Extension: 70995

 

Lowri Jones_thumbLowri has a BA in Sociology and a Masters in Marketing. Lowri began her career as a PR consultant in the north east of England. On moving back to Wales, she worked for some of Wales’ leading public relations consultancies, directing PR campaigns for public, private and third sector organisations. Lowri moved in-house at Cardiff University in 2007 originally as part of the Public Relations Team, taking up the post of Public Affairs Manager in 2010.

Main Areas Of Responsibility
 
  • Development and implementation of the University’s public affairs strategy to enhance the University’s profile, reputation and relationships with political stakeholders in Welsh Government, National Assembly for Wales, Westminster, Whitehall and the wider policy community
  • Internal ambassadors programme
  • Coordination and arrangements of key political events and visits by political stakeholders and other VIPs
  • Political briefings and monitoring


Film Producers

Paul Allen

Email: film@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone: 029 2087 6583
Extension: 76583

 

Contact us - Paul AllenPaul is a graduate of the School of Psychology at Cardiff University, and also holds an MA in Film. He currently has a joint research / film production role, working a day a week for the public relations team alongside his work as a research associate in psychology. An example film/psychology cross-over project can be seen at www.seafarersfatigue.com

Please note that Paul only works part-time in the Public Relations team. 

Main Areas Of Responsibility
  • Providing a high quality film-production service
  • Supporting researchers to communicate their research through film & media
  • Delivering media training
  • Working with independent production companies

Richard Martin

Email: film@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone: 029 2087 9013
Extension: 79013

 

Contact us - Richard Martin A graduate of Bournemouth Media School and the European Film College, Richard has a background in production across a variety of genres in broadcast and education as well as photography and public relations.

Main Areas Of Responsibility
 
  • Providing a high quality film-production service
  • Supporting researchers to communicate their research through film & media
  • Working with independent production companies
  • Filming location requests
  • Delivering media training

Video Production Assistant

Rekha Puri

Email: film@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone: 029 2087 0367
Extension: 70367

 

Contact us - Rekha Puri Rekha previously was a Production Manager for Cracking Production and joined the University in 2008 to assist in the production of film and video.

 

Please note that Rekha works the following hours:

Wednesday 9am-1pm; Thursday 9am-2pm, and Friday 9am-2pm

Main Areas Of Responsibility
 
  • Assisting with developing & producing corporate digital media
  • Assisting the Film Producer to work with researchers to help communicate their research through film & media.
  • Assisting to deliver media training