Information on the careers, experience and role and responsibilities of the members of the Met Office Executive.
I was appointed Chief Executive in 2014. It is exciting leading this highly respected and successful science organisation at the forefront of one of the world's great issues. The challenge for us is to harness the Met Office's world-leading weather and climate science for even greater business and customer benefit.
I have served on the Met Office Executive since 2007, at first as Government Services Director and then as Operations and Services Director. Before joining the Executive, I worked in a variety of roles; starting as a weather forecaster, then 10 years at the Met Office College overseeing the training and development of forecasters. I then moved on to project manage the procurement and construction of the Met Office's headquarters building at Exeter. Since the move to Exeter in 2003, I have worked mainly with our public sector customers, helping the UK to manage the risks and exploit the opportunities associated with our changing weather and climate.
I am responsible for providing scientific and technical strategy; ensuring the organisation adheres to good scientific and technical standards and directing and managing research and development with the Met Office. I also represent the office, on science and technology, across government.
My role sees a return to the office - I started my career here in 1972 before leaving to raise a family in 1980. Between 1981 and 1990 I worked at the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and on climate science at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in America. Prior to rejoining the office I was Director of Climate Research at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and Professor of Meteorology at the University of Reading. In 2006 I became the founding director of Reading's Walker Institute for Climate System Research.
I am responsible for the design and implementation of the HR strategy to ensure we have the right people in the right roles performing at their best. The HR team delivers the full range of HR functions including organisational development, resourcing, employee relations, reward and benefits, diversity and HR administration.
Before joining the Executive in 2012 I worked in a variety of HR roles in the Met Office.
I work with the Chief Scientist on the development and implementation of our Science Strategy. Additionally, I have specific responsibilities for the Foundation Science area, which provides the underpinning science and capabilities that support Met Office weather and climate services.
I joined the Met Office in 1990 and have worked in a number of roles in science aimed at improving our understanding of the atmosphere and improving its representation in our computer models for weather and climate prediction. Additionally I have undertaken a secondment to the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and have been active in international science co-ordination through involvement with the World Meteorological Organization and World Climate Research Programme.
I am responsible for the development and implementation of our ICT Strategy and for the internal technical teams within the Technology Information Services Directorate - and work closely with our Science teams to operate our High Performance Computing capability. The Met Office relies heavily upon cutting-edge IT to improve the quality of forecast services and increasingly to make those services accessible and effective for customers and the Public.
I have worked for the Met Office in a number of senior technology roles since 2008 and, prior to that, worked in the Business-to-Business online retail and distribution industry. During this time I used relevant technologies to transform businesses from traditional retail approaches to being internet and technology capable. As well as a number of consulting appointments, I worked within the Premier Farnell group of companies for over 10 years. I have run my own small technology company and started my career as an Electronics Engineer in the defence industry.
I am responsible for all of the services that the Met Office provides within the public sector. This includes predictions on climate change; advice on the spreading of airborne animal diseases and 'free at the point of use' services we provide to emergency responders and the general public.
I have worked for the Met Office since 1988. Before joining the Executive I initially worked in research and development on ground-based remote sensing systems, in particular radar systems for meteorological applications. I later led the development of a satellite calibration and testing facility under a joint programme with NASA. I have since held a number of roles, including responsibility for Strategy and Planning, Business Development, Commercial and International relations and, most recently, Chief Advisor to Government, responsible for liaison with Parliament and the devolved administrations, and management of key Government relations.
I am responsible for delivering the Met Office business development strategy within the UK and internationally. This includes developing and implementing strategic growth plans across our commercial business areas and leading strategic marketing plans to enhance innovation and new product development.
Before joining the Met Office I held a number of executive positions in international science and engineering companies, including ICI, ABB, National Grid and Germanischer Lloyd.
I am responsible for the delivery of all financial advice, planning, control and support to the organisation. I provide financial leadership to the Executive Committee and the Met Office Board.
Prior to joining the Met Office in 2004 I have 17 years' experience across a broad range of financial disciplines in high tech manufacturing and telecom sectors after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. I have previously worked at Cable & Wireless, Global Crossing and held a number of positions at Alcatel Submarine Networks.
Last updated: 11 September 2014