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Ambassadorial role for academics

25 March 2009

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Professor Ken Woodhouse and Professor Sir Martin Evans have joined other leading figures from across the city of Cardiff to become the first Ambassadors for Wales’ capital.

Professor Woodhouse, the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement and Professor Evans, the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine will help take the Cardiff story to the world in a drive to position the city as the number one choice for investors and conference organisers. It is part of a new programme launched by Cardiff & Co, the city’s promotional organisation in which the University is a partner.

The Cardiff Ambassadors Programme was launched at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff and chaired by Noreen Bray, one of Cardiff & Co’s board members. Joining Professor Woodhouse and Professor Sir Martin Evans in explaining why they are proud to be Ambassadors for Wales’ capital city was Admiral Group C.E.O., Henry Engelhardt; Leader of Cardiff Council, Rodney Berman; Wales Lions rugby legend, Ieuan Evans and members of a great Welsh success story, the choir Only Men Aloud.

Noreen Bray said: "The city has changed beyond recognition over the past decade. Cardiff now has a platform to compete with the very best and our Ambassadors can help position us as the destination of choice for business investors, conferences and events. Cardiff’s Ambassadors may stem from very different backgrounds, but they all share a common aim - a passion for the city and the desire to see it thrive. They will seek to use their influence and connections to promote the city region."

At the launch, Professor Woodhouse said: "The higher education sector is hugely influential in driving academic, economic and cultural distinction for Cardiff. I am very excited about working with our fellow Ambassadors to get the message out there that Cardiff is the place to visit and invest in."

Distinguished Research Professor Sir Martin Evans, based in Cardiff School of Biosciences, was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine for his stem cell discoveries and has been described by The Independent newspaper as one of "Ten Britons who have shaped our world’. He said: "My decision to move to Cardiff and the University in 1999 was a reinvigorating experience and one that completely changed the direction of my life. The city already has fantastic academic foundations on which to build and I am extremely proud to be part of its future."

Closing the event, Noreen Bray said, "People coming to Cardiff for the first time, for business or play, are impressed by what they find. Our beautiful city is now extremely marketable on several fronts. The challenge we now face is getting that message out to potential investors – excellent infrastructure, a highly skilled pool of labour, competitive rates and a great city to boot."

Cardiff & Co is the public/private partnership tasked with promoting the capital city - in partnership with the city-region’s three universities – Cardiff University, UWIC and the University of Glamorgan.

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