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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

websitetomTom 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

Ed leads on any issues involving mental health and neuroscience and is Chair of Stempra, a network of press officers and science communication professionals. Ed joined the SMC in February 2008, leaving for a 15 month sabbatical as media manager at the Australian SMC. He has been interviewed on TV, radio and in national papers and gave evidence to the Hine review on the government’s handling of the swine flu pandemic. He 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

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.


Alice Kay

Press Officer

AliceAlice joined the SMC in 2013 as press office assistant before being promoted to the role of press officer in September 2014. She graduated from UCL in 2012 with a degree in Psychology, and spent a year gaining experience with various science communication organisations. She was involved in the opening of the Cambridge Science Centre, and also previously volunteered with the SMC.


Heather Morris

Press Office Assistant

HeatherHeather joined the SMC in 2014. She graduated with a degree in Biology from the University of Sheffield in 2012, where she also spent a year as president of the Biology Society. Since then she has worked in a variety of administrative roles as well as gaining experience at the BBC, before travelling in South-East Asia for six months.


Michael Walsh

Science Information Officer

MichaelMichael graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2009 with a degree in Biochemistry, where he also worked as a lab technician. He moved on to researching cell signalling processes in cancer, and completed a science policy internship at the Society of Biology. He joined the SMC in 2014, where he is responsible for maintaining the website and expert database, writing factsheets and briefing notes, and managing the volunteer programme.

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