Chair of Trustees
Fiona Fox is Chair of Trustees at the Progress Educational Trust (PET), and is also Founding Director of the Science Media Centre (SMC), a charity that improves public trust in science by helping scientists and the media to engage more effectively with one another. A 2005 editorial in the journal Nature paid tribute to Fiona's 'robust leadership' and in 2013 the same journal published a profile of Fiona, 'the charismatic and sometimes combative head of Britain's SMC'. She has a degree in journalism and 30 years of experience working in media relations for organisations including the Equal Opportunities Commission (now subsumed into the Equality and Human Rights Commission), the National Council for One Parent Families (now subsumed into Gingerbread), and the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development.
Fiona was Chair of the Science and the Media Expert Group established by the UK Government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to produce the 2010 report Science and the Media: Securing the Future, and she received an OBE for services to science in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2013. In recent years she has written for the Guardian newspaper, the Columbia Journalism Review and the BBC Academy's College of Journalism, and in 2012 she gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press. She has also contributed chapters to Communicating Biological Sciences: Ethical and Metaphorical Dimensions (buy this book from Amazon UK) and Rethinking Human Rights: Critical Approaches to International Politics (buy this book from Amazon UK).