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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, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Previously, the Met Office moved from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (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, Energy and Industrial Strategy. 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:

Prof Sir John Beddington Non-Executive Director and Acting Chairman
David Burridge Non-Executive Director
Dame Mary Keegan Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee
John Kimmance Non-Executive Director
Currently vacant Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee
Graham Turnock Representative, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Rob Varley Chief Executive
Steve Noyes Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer
Prof Stephen Belcher Chief Scientist
Nick Jobling Chief Financial Officer
Helen Stevens Prospect union National Negotiator

Met Office Board Minutes

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.


Last updated: Jul 28, 2016 3:17 PM