Wyld is HFEA’s first director of communications

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has appointed its first director of communications.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has appointed its

first director of communications.



Barney Wyld has spent the last two and a half years working as adviser

to Simon Hughes MP, the Liberal Democrats’ health spokesman.



In the last 18 months Wyld’s role has included advising the Liberal

Democrats’ health team and working in the press office during the

General Election.



Wyld also spent a brief period working for the Evening Standard in

London.



In his new role at the authority, where he started on 9 June, Wyld

reports directly to chief executive Suzanne McCarthy.



’In the last year issues involving the HFEA have become part of the

national agenda,’ said McCarthy. ’They are at the core of national

consciousness.’



Recent cases involving issues such as surrogacy, cloning and fertility

treatments, including those of Diane Blood and Mandy Alwood, have thrust

the fertilisation body into the media spotlight.



Wyld’s remit will be to explain the authority’s role to the public and

professionals and to explain how it protects the public and patients,

ensuring that treatments are safe. It has issued warnings over the legal

problems of surrogacy and guidelines to fertility treatment clinics.



’One of our key roles is debating the issues and keeping the Government

informed,’ explained McCarthy.



The HFEA was set up to regulate infertility treatments and human embryo

research.



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