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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). Fiona was the founding Director of the Science Media Centre set up in 2002 and has built it into an indispensable resource for science journalists with 3000 of the UK’s top scientists on their media database.  Fiona is a regular commentator on science in the media and was the only representative from science invited to give evidence at the Levenson Enquiry into press standards in the UK in 2012.

 Fiona has won numerous awards for her services to science including an OBE and honorary fellowship of the Academy of Medical Science and British Pharmacology Society. She has also been an outspoken champion for openness in science and won a special award for promoting openness in animal research as well running a successful campaign for changes to the Government purdah rules to ensure government funded scientists are free to speak out during elections.

Tom Sheldon

Senior Press Manager

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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.

Adrian van Schalkwyk

Head of Operations

Adrian joined the SMC in December 2018 where he is responsible for the day-to-day logistics of running the office; co-ordinating the fundraising efforts and finances, HR and IT. He has extensive experience as an Operations and Financial Manager in the charity, not for profit and private sectors. He also has credit lending and credit control experience gained with a major banking group.

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

Freya 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.

Hannah Taylor Lewis

Press Officer

Hannah joined the SMC in January 2019 as a press officer. Hannah 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.

Andy Hawkes

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 is due to graduate from Cardiff University with a Master’s degree in Science, Media and Communication next year.

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