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
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.