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Qualifications

MA (Oxon) | Philosophy, Politics & Economics (Music Scholarship)

About

Tom is the University’s head of Corporate Communications, leading a specialist professional team that delivers integrated public affairs and communications as part of the University’s engagement with USW’s key stakeholders. These include the media, staff, and government in its wider sense, as well as the National Assembly, Parliament, senior business leaders, and the public policy community.

Tom joined the University in 2010, having managed UK public affairs at a senior level for one of the world’s major technology corporations. His previous experience in front line politics, providing parliamentary advice, speech-writing, and media counsel in roles in both Westminster and on Capitol Hill in Washington DC.

Tom has been elected by his peers to chair the professional forum of Welsh universities’ communications heads, the Higher Education Wales Comms Group.

Tom’s academic specialism is in US politics and political communications.

In private life he is a French horn player, and the worst rugby referee in Europe.

Experience

Previous roles at:
- General Dynamics UK
- House of Commons
- Cardiff Business School
- GJW Weber Shandwick
- United States Congress

Responsibilities

- Managing the corporate communications and public affairs engagement programme, which includes media relations, corporate events, internal communications, corporate publications, and public affairs.
- Planning and strategic advice on the University’s relationships with key external stakeholders including the media, advocacy organisations, the Welsh Government, National Assembly for Wales, HM Government and Parliament.
- Head of the Corporate Communications team, including line management of specialists across the fields of communication with key audiences.

Publications

Tom writes a personal blog, in which the views expressed are his personal opinions, not those of the University, here

Memberships

Member, Chartered Institute of Public Relations
Welsh Society of Rugby Union Referees

Research

Currently researching PhD in American Politics, specialising in presidential rhetoric and communication in America’s health debate from FDR to Obama.

Undergraduate thesis on the congressional passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, from primary research in the Kennedy library collections and the Library of Congress, and interviews including President Gerald Ford, Attorney-General Nicholas Katzenbach, and JFK’s speechwriter/Counsel to the President Theodore Sorensen.

Areas of Expertise

US political history
Government & politics of the United States
Political communication and organization
Stakeholder communications
Speechwriting and analysis

Twitter

@MrTomGriffin | Personal twitter: views expressed are not those of USW, and retweets are not endorsements

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