Fiona Fox, the chief executive of the Science Media Centre, has a degree in journalism and many years of experience working in media relations for high profile national organisations. Her career includes stints working for, amongst others, the Equal Opportunities Committee, the National Council for One Parent Families, and CAFOD (a leading aid agency).
The founding director of the Science Media Centre when it was established in 2002, under Fiona’s leadership the Centre has become an indispensable resource for science journalists. The Centre provides scientific context and comment from some of the UK’s top scientists for many major news stories thanks to the Centre’s media database, which has over 2300 such experts on it.
Fiona is a regular commentator on science in the media and was the only representative from the scientific community invited to give evidence at the Levenson Inquiry into press standards in the UK in 2012. She is an outspoken champion for openness in science and, as part of this, led a successful campaign in 2017 for changes to the British Government’s purdah rules, ensuring government funded scientists are free to speak out during election periods.
Fiona has received many accolades for her services to science, including an OBE, honorary fellowships of the Academy of Medical Science and British Pharmacology Society, and a special award for promoting openness in animal research.
Senior Press Manager
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 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.
Lara joined the SMC in August 2019 as operations manager. She is an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist and has many years’ experience working in charity finance. She has an MA from RADA/King’s College London. Before moving to London, she worked in academic media relations and administration.
Dr Fiona Lethbridge
Senior Press Officer
Fiona joined the SMC in July 2012 as press office assistant, becoming press officer in 2013 and senior press officer in 2015. She has a PhD in evolutionary biology from the University of Edinburgh, where she was also involved in the BioPOD podcast, and student radio station Fresh Air.
Freya joined the SMC in April 2016 as press office assistant and was promoted to press officer in July 2018. She graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Natural Sciences, and was an SMC intern in March 2016.
Hannah Taylor Lewis
Hannah joined the SMC in January 2019 as a press officer. She graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences in 2016 and has previously worked in the press offices of the Natural History Museum and the academic publisher Springer Nature.
Press Office Assistant
Andy 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 graduated from Cardiff University with a Master’s degree in Science, Media and Communication in 2019.
Admin and Executive Assistant
Alex joined the SMC in August 2019 as administrator and executive assistant. He graduated from Durham University in 2016 with a degree in Physics, then worked for the University for two years in a student-focussed administrative role.