Morgan-Lewis takes Rice’s role at Medical Research Council

The Medical Research Council has found a replacement for Mary Rice, its head of public communications who was sacked last November.

The Medical Research Council has found a replacement for Mary Rice,

its head of public communications who was sacked last November.



Elizabeth Morgan-Lewis, media relations and publications manager for the

University of Portsmouth, accepted the job last week.



Morgan-Lewis joined the college over two years ago from the waste

management organisation Nirex, where she was public affairs manager.



At Portsmouth she handles media enquiries and oversees the publication

of its prospectuses and research and consultancy news letter Research

Bulletin.



She arrives at the Medical Research Council on 12 May on a salary of

around pounds 35,000.



Reporting to the organisation’s director of corporate affairs Jane Lee,

Morgan-Lewis will manage its PR strategy and advise on the public

relations implications of proposed policies and research strategies.



Mary Rice, the Medical Research Council’s previous head of public

communications, was suspended by the council last summer.



Rice, who is currently on a temporary contract at the British Medical

Association, told the Sunday Times that she opposed a decision by the

council’s Neurochemical Pathology Unit to accept a pounds 147,000

donation from British American Tobacco.



She is suing the Medical Research Council for wrongful dismissal.



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