Management of the Met Office

Details on our owners, the Met Office Board and our Executive can be found here.

The Met Office is an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The Met Office moved from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to BIS in 2011. As a Trading Fund, it is required to operate on a commercial basis and meet targets agreed by the Met Office Board and approved by the Ministerial owner.

Our owner

The ultimate responsibility and accountability for the work of the Met Office lies with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. Day-to-day ministerial oversight and the formal business ownership role are delegated to the Minister of State for Universities and Science.

Our Board

The Met Office Board is led by an independent, non-executive Chairman. The Board's primary responsibility is developing the long-term strategy of the Met Office. The Board supports and challenges our Executive in order to assist it in delivering against agreed Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The Non-Executive Directors of the Board are encouraged to assist in raising external awareness of the Met Office and its work, and to build beneficial external relationships. The Board comprises the following members, including Non-Executive Directors, one of whom is the representative of the Met Office's owning department, selected members of the Met Office Executive, plus an invited attendee from the Trade Union:

Greg ClarkeChairman
Sir John BeddingtonNon-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director
David BurridgeNon-Executive Director
Dame Mary KeeganNon-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee
John KimmanceNon-Executive Director
Currently vacantNon-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee
Graham TurnockRepresentative, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
Rob VarleyChief Executive
Steve NoyesDeputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer
Dame Julia SlingoChief Scientist
Nick JoblingChief Financial Officer
Helen StevensProspect union National Negotiator

Read Met Office Board meeting summaries

Our Executive

The role of our Executive is the effective day-to-day leadership, direction and management of the Met Office in order to ensure successful delivery of the aims, objectives and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). It is tasked with directing the strategic change and implementing strategic decisions taken by the Met Office Board. The Executive agrees key communications and makes investment decisions. The members work under the leadership of the Chief Executive and operate as a corporately cohesive collective with a shared interest in the successful achievement of our aims and objectives.

More about each Executive member

Last updated: 22 June 2016

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