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.
Dr Helen Jamison
Helen joined the SMC in 2007 as Engineering Press Officer, and was subsequently made Senior Press Officer in 2008 and Deputy Director in 2011. She is on the committee of Stempra, a UK network of science communication professionals, and has worked in the press office of the journal Nature. Helen is a scientist by training, with a biomedical science degree from the University of Sheffield and a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Oxford.
Senior Press Officer
Tom 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 volunteered with the charity Sense About Science in summer 2007, contributing to their expose of pseudoscience and blogging for the Guardian along the way.
Dr Edward Sykes
Head of Mental Health & Neuroscience
Ed took up a role dedicated to mental health and neuroscience research in early 2013, soon after having returned from 15 months sabbatical as Media Manager at the Australian SMC. Ed was down-under for the Fukushima nuclear crisis, and in the UK has led on big issues like the badger cull and the swine flu pandemic, for which he gave evidence to the Hine review. He has been interviewed for BBC and Sky News on the media’s handling of scientific issues.
Development and Operations Manager
Selina joined the SMC in August 2009, 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. Graduating from the University of Cambridge in 2005 with degrees in Natural Sciences, Selina spent a year teaching English in China, before returning to Cambridge to work for several Cambridge colleges and then the University’s Community Affairs Office.
Dr Fiona Lethbridge
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.
Science Information Officer
Robin volunteered at the SMC in 2011 before starting full time in early 2012, where he is responsible for maintaining the website and expert database, writing factsheets and briefing notes, and managing the volunteer programme. Robin followed up a degree in Mathematics with a master’s in Philosophy and History of Science at the University of Bristol. He cut his teeth working on the press team for the British Science Festival.
Press Office Assistant
Alice volunteered at the SMC in April 2013 before becoming a full time member of staff in August. She graduated from UCL in 2012 with a degree in Psychology, and then spent a year gaining experience with various science communication organisations. She was involved in the opening of the Cambridge Science Centre and worked for the National Horse Racing Museum.