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Public Relations Contacts

Public Relations Officers

Tom Barrett


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.

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Catrin Palfrey


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.

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Innovation System Communications Manager

Victoria Dando


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

Public Relations Assistant

Louise Hartrey

Telephone: 029 2087 0293
Extension: 70293


Contact us - Louise HartreyLouise has worked at the University for over 6 years in a variety of roles. Prior to working with the PR team she worked in the University’s 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

Events Officer

Lucy Skellon


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 (Acting)

Emma Darling


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
  • Corporate communications & strategy
  • Public Relations support for the College of Physical Sciences & Engineering
  • Reputation management on key issues
  • Line manager to: Public Relations Officers, Communications Officer, Film Producer and Public Relations Assistants.

Public Relations and Media Managers

Heath Jeffries

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.

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Chris Jones

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.

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Kevin Leonard

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


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

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

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

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

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