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Hello and Goodbye

06 November 2012

Hello and Goodbye - Richard SambrookRichard Sambrook

Hello to... Richard Sambrook, a former BBC Director of Global News who recently joined the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies as Director of the Centre for Journalism and Professor of Journalism.

Where will you be working in the University?

I am working in JOMEC – the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

What will you be doing in your new role?

I’m Deputy Head of School and Director of the Centre for Journalism which runs the vocational postgraduate training courses in journalism – about 200 students per year.  I’m also supporting some of the practise-based research the School undertakes.

What were you doing before you joined Cardiff?

I worked in BBC News for thirty years as a producer, editor and manager. I spent ten years on the BBC Board as Director of Sport, Director of News and finally Director of Global News and the World Service. I also spent two years as Global Vice Chairman of Edelman, an international PR and Communications consultancy. But I started working as a journalist on local newspapers in Cardiff and the Valleys – so I have come full circle!

What's the best part of your job?

Working with such a bright, energetic and challenging cohort of students and preparing to unleash them on the world.

If you weren't in your current role, what would you be doing?

Hopefully, working as a freelance journalist and programme maker.

Where is your favourite place on campus?

Am I allowed to say the National Museum? If not, it would be Cathays Park.

What’s your favourite TV show?

The West Wing – for the repartee

Where are we most likely to find you outside of work?

Walking in the Black Mountains or the Usk Valley


Hello and Goodbye - Louise CasellaLouise Casella

Goodbye to...Louise Casella, Director of Strategic Development who leaves the University after 25 years...

"I’ve really loved working for the University over the past 25 years and have appreciated all the opportunities and challenges that it has thrown at me.

"The University has transformed since I joined in 1988 – at that time we were just coming out of the crisis that had led to the merger of UCC and UWIST and all sorts of new operations and changes were being put in place.  I learnt a huge amount from willing colleagues and was fortunate to have fantastic mentors and managers who threw me in at the deep end and really let me just get on with things.  Over the years I’ve planned and managed Research Assessment Exercise submissions, developed and tweaked resource allocation methodologies, applied for and secured Cardiff’s degree awarding powers and university title, project managed the merger and creation of Schools and departments and got centrally involved in driving the 2004 Merger with UWCM. 

"Over the last 8 years it has been a huge pleasure to have led and managed the Strategic Development Directorate.  My colleagues across the STRAT divisions work really hard to support our academic endeavours and we’ve had a lot of fun building up the links and co-operation that has characterised our work for the University.   Whether in supporting the establishment of the University Research Institutes, the THRIVE undergraduate marketing campaign, or the annual promotion of events like Graduation and Varsity – it’s been great to be a part of teams of colleagues drawn from right across the Directorate.

"I’ve been lucky to have an enormous amount of fun doing my job too – and seen some fabulous places.  Representing the University abroad has meant I’ve been lucky enough to walk on the Great Wall of China; visit Niagra Falls; see the Northern Lights while inside the arctic circle in Sweden; get inside the Chrysler Building in New York; and get into the West Wing of the White House too.  Pretty exciting stuff for someone who never did the "travelling thing" before or after University and who still lives just 2 miles from her mum and the house I was born in!

"Most of all though, what I have enjoyed most about my role at Cardiff has been the learning and development of which I’ve been a part – the breadth of what goes on at Cardiff University is staggering, the sense of discovery and excitement awesome, and the colleagues who share all of this with us are to be respected and supported.  I’m sure further great things are ahead and I’m enormously proud to have been a part of the last quarter century of success."