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Fiona Fox

Chief Executive

Fiona Fox 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 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 when it was set up in 2002 and has built it into an indispensable resource for science journalists, with 2300 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 Inquiry into press standards in the UK in 2012.

Fiona has won numerous awards for her services to science, including an OBE and honorary fellowships 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 British Government’s 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.

Lara Muth

Operations Manager

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 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 graduated from Cardiff University with a Master’s degree in Science, Media and Communication in 2019.

Alex Durk

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.

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