Fiona Fox (press officer)

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Fiona Fox
Born (1964-11-12) 12 November 1964 (age 52)[1]
Mancot, Wales[1]
Alma mater Polytechnic of Central London
Occupation Journalist
Press secretary
Public relations
Employer Science Media Centre
Equal Opportunities Commission
Thames Polytechnic[1]
Known for Science Media Centre[2]
Spouse(s) Kevin Rooney[1]
Children Declan (1999)
Awards OBE[3]

Fiona Bernadette Fox OBE (born 1964) is a British writer. She is the director of the Science Media Centre[2] and a former leading member of the Revolutionary Communist Party.[4][5][6][7][8]


Fox was educated at St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School, Flint, and the Polytechnic of Central London where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Journalism.[citation needed]


Fox started her career[when?] at Thames Polytechnic as an assistant PR officer.[citation needed] From there she worked for six years at the Equal Opportunities Commission where she became a senior press officer, followed by two years running the media operation at the National Council for One Parent Families.[citation needed]

Fox became head of media at CAFOD in 1995,[1] where she adopted the Jubilee 2000 press group, which aimed to push serious Third World issues onto the media and political agendas.

She has been accused of genocide denial in relation to a report she wrote in 1995 for the magazine Living Marxism on the violence in Rwanda.[9] She wrote this article using the pseudonym 'Fiona Foster'.[10]

In December 2001 Fox was appointed the founding director of the Science Media Centre, based at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London.[citation needed]


She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to science.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Fiona was born (1964) into an Irish Catholic family in Mancot, North Wales,[1] the younger sister of Claire (born 1960) and Gemma (born 1963, adopted into Fox family in 1964).[11] She is a supporter of Celtic F.C.[1] and is married to political commentator and teacher Kevin Rooney.[1] Their son, Declan, was born in 1999. They live in London. Fox has cystic fibrosis.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "FOX, Fiona, (Mrs Kevin Rooney)". Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press. (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Callaway, E. (2013). "Science media: Centre of attention: Fiona Fox and her Science Media Centre are determined to improve Britain's press. Now the model is spreading around the world". Nature. 499 (7457): 142. doi:10.1038/499142a. 
  3. ^ a b "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 10. 
  4. ^ Chemistry World: Comment: Playing fast and loose with science (November 2006) - Following the release of the WWF report ‘Chain of contamination: the food link’, John Henry and Fiona Fox comment on the study, and its coverage in the media
  5. ^ Chemistry World: Nanotech - The Next Controversy alike GM? (February 2004)
  6. ^ On Science and the Media: Fiona Fox's blog
  7. ^ LobbyWatch profile of Fox
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  9. ^ Chris McGreal, "Genocide? What genocide?", The Guardian, 20 March 2000
  10. ^ Turner, Jenny (8 July 2010). "Who Are They?: Jenny Turner reports from the Battle of Ideas". London Review of Books. 32 (13): 3–8. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  11. ^ Sunday Times: Relative Values Claire and Fiona Fox, sisters (May 2006) - An interview with Claire and Fiona Fox

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