Emma Mason, Kerry Noble and Mary Rice lead RiceMason. We work together or separately on projects depending on the size or subject matter. Contrary to the usual practice in large consultancies, where the first meeting is with senior management but subsequently the work is carried out by junior staff, clients have direct access to Emma, Kerry and Mary, for the duration of the project and we carry out the work ourselves. For larger projects where a bigger team is needed, we recruit other, experienced colleagues to work with us, but overall control always rests with us.
Emma Mason has worked as a freelance journalist and public relations consultant for over 25 years. Originally a reporter for regional and national newspapers, she became a press officer for the UK’s Imperial Cancer Research Fund. Freelance since 1990, she has written, edited and produced newsletters for ICRF, the UK’s National Translational Cancer Research Network (NTRAC) and the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation and she sub-edited the daily newspaper for the European Society of Cardiology annual congresses. Since 1999 Emma has been involved in organising conference media programmes for a range of European scientific organisations (British Neuroscience Association, European Breast Cancer Conference, the European Cancer Congress, EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium, the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, the UK’s Teenage Cancer Trust and the European Congress on Obesity) and continues to write articles for specialist cancer journals. She is the media relations consultant for ECCO (the European CanCer Organisation) and for Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press.
Kerry Noble is a communications consultant with 17 years’ experience in media relations, PR and digital communications. She has a degree in genetics and a Master’s in science communication. For nearly a decade Kerry worked at Cancer Research UK promoting research and health campaigns. During a sabbatical she trained tobacco control advocates in East Africa in communications and media relations skills. More recently, Kerry moved into higher education, working first at Queen Mary University of London and then at Imperial College London. While at Imperial she managed media relations on the College’s research, launched an innovative news website, oversaw PR for a public science festival and created a proactive communications campaign about animal research. Since becoming a freelance consultant, Kerry has worked for organisations including the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease, the European Respiratory Society, the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO), The Wellcome Trust, the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and Imperial College London.
Mary Rice is a former director of communication at the UK Medical Research Council and head of healthcare at the Brussels office of Weber Shandwick, the world’s largest communications consultancy. She started her career as a political journalist before moving into science communication and public affairs. She has worked in both London and Brussels, and now lives in France, where she specialises in media relations and the organisation of conference media programmes for European scientific organisations. Recent clients include the European Society of Human Genetics, the European CanCer Organisation, the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the European Society for Paediatric Oncology (SIOPE), the International Conference on Innovative Approaches in Head and Neck Oncology (ICHNO), and the World Health Organisation. She now works part-time for RiceMason, providing consultancy services to its clients as required.