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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.

Edward is currently on shared parental leave and away from the SMC until Monday 4th June. 


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.


Alice Kay

Acting Senior Press Officer (Mental Health and Neuroscience)

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.

Until Monday 4th June, Alice will be covering the responsibilities of mental health and neuroscience as a senior press officer.


Sophia McCully

Science Information Officer

SMSophia joined the SMC in December 2016. She is responsible for the internship programme, website, factsheets, managing the database of experts and leading on a number of areas with the Chief Executive. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London with a degree in politics and previously worked at the Royal Society of Biology and The Institute of Cancer Research, London, in their communications teams.

Freya Robb

Acting Press Officer

FreyaFreya joined the SMC in April 2016, where she is responsible for supporting the press office including the logistics of press briefings and being the first port of call for all media enquiries. Until Monday 4th June, Freya will be taking on the responsibilities of a Press Officer. Freya graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Natural Sciences, and was an SMC intern in March 2016.


Joseph Brooks Shuttleworth

Press and Operations Assistant

Joe joined the SMC in January 2018 and is currently responsible for supporting the press office including the logistics of press briefings and being the first port of call for all media enquiries. Joe also supports Fiona in her role as CEO, and works closely with Natasha on the day to day running of the SMC office. Prior to this, he worked as a factchecking intern at Full Fact, and completed an internship at the SMC. In September 2017, he completed a Master’s degree at UCL, with a focus on the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence.




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