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