Fiona Fox has a degree in journalism and 30 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). Despite having no background in science, Fiona managed to persuade a distinguished panel of eminent scientists to take a risk and appoint her to become the founding Director of the Science Media Centre which opened in April 2002. The main remit of the Centre is to help restore public trust in science by persuading more scientists to engage more effectively with the big controversial science stories that hit the headlines
The Centre has grown from strength to strength - with a database of nearly 3,000 scientists which is used by all sections of the national news media. The Science Media Centre has earned huge praise and respect from those who use its services.
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 the only representative of the science community to appear as a witness at the Leveson Inquiry and blogs and comments regularly on science in the media. She was active in defeating the anti-lobbying clause and has won an Openness Award for her work on openness in animal research. In 2013 Fiona was awarded an OBE for services to science as a result of the work of the SMC.