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Fiona Fox

Chief Executive

Fiona Fox has a degree in journalism and many years of experience in working in media relations for high profile national organisations. Her career includes stints working for the Equal Opportunities Committee, National Council for One Parent Families, and CAFOD (a leading aid agency), before her current role as chief executive of the Science Media Centre which opened in April 2002. Other than her dedication to the SMC, Fiona was chair of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Working Group that published a report on the future of science in the media in January 2010 as part of the UK’s Science and Society strategy. She was also called to give oral evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards in the UK in 2012, and writes regularly on science in the media.

Tom Sheldon

Senior Press Manager

Tom wsTom joined the SMC in April 2008 and handles any issues in the fields of engineering, energy and the environment that hit the headlines. He has degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Bioinformatics. He has worked on a number of high profile stories including mobile phones and cancer, GM crops and climate change, and in June 2013 he gave evidence to the Science and Technology Committee inquiry into communication of climate science.



Dr Edward Sykes

Senior Press Manager and Head of Mental Health & Neuroscience

Edward joined the SMC in 2008 and, after a 15 month sabbatical as media manager at the Australian SMC, is now the lead on any issues involving mental health and neuroscience. In 2010 Edward gave evidence to the Hine review on the government’s handling of the swine flu pandemic and in 2015 he gave evidence to the Science and Technology Committee inquiry into Science in emergencies: UK lessons from Ebola. He is former chair of Stempra, the UK’s largest network of science and health press officers. He has been interviewed on TV, radio and in national papers and has a PhD in evolutionary biology.


Natasha Neill

Head of Operations

Natasha joined the SMC in January 2015, where she is responsible for the day-to-day logistics of running the office, co-ordinating the fundraising efforts and finances, and dealing with anything else that comes up. She graduated from the University of York with a degree in Biochemistry and previously worked at the Society of Biology leading on governance and fundraising.


Dr Fiona Lethbridge

Senior Press Officer

Fiona spent six months as the SMC’s press office assistant, quickly progressing to press officer in early 2013. She gained a PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh, where she was also editor of the BioPOD podcast, and was a member of the university’s ‘Press Gang’.  Fiona also had a long-standing music show on Edinburgh’s student radio station, and dabbled in stand-up comedy with Bright Club.


Freya Robb

Press Officer

FreyaFreya joined the SMC in April 2016 as press office assistant and was promoted to press officer in July 2018. Freya graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Natural Sciences, and was an SMC intern in March 2016.



Andy Hawkes

Press Office Assistant

FreyaAndy joined the SMC in September 2018 as press office assistant. He graduated from Aberystwyth University in 2016 with a Master’s degree in Physics, and is due to graduate from Cardiff University with a Master’s degree in Science, Media and Communication next year.


Tony Lomax

Science Information Officer

FreyaTony joined the SMC in September 2018 where he is responsible for maintaining the database of contacts used to provide expert insights on the latest science news, monitoring the media landscape and management of our internship scheme. Tony graduated from Durham University in 2015 with a degree in History & Philosophy and has previously worked and volunteered in youth engagement, mentoring and mental health.”


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