Information on the role & responsibilities, career and experience of the members of the Met Office Executive.

Rob Varley, Chief Executive

Rob Varley

I have served as Chief Executive since 2014. It is a privilege to lead this successful and highly respected institution, working at the forefront of weather and climate science, technology and operations. The ongoing challenge for us is to harness the Met Office's world class capabilities for even greater societal benefit.

I joined the Met Office Executive in 2007, 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 in 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 the UK's Permanent Representative at the World Meteorological Organisation and the President of Eumetnet, an Economic Interest Group representing the National Meteorological Services of Europe. I am also the UK's representative on the Councils for the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and EUMETSAT, the European organisation for meteorological satellites.

In addition, I am a fellow and Chartered Meteorologist of the Royal Meteorological Society, and was Vice President of the Society, 2013-2014. I am also a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors and was the UK Public/Third Sector Director of the Year in 2012.

Steve Noyes, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer

Steve Noyes

I am responsible for the quality and delivery of the operational weather and environmental services that we provide 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. I work closely with teams across the Met Office to ensure our world leading science is available to our operational meteorologists, and that they have the necessary skills and tools to provide services to support our customers, including the public, government and industry, both nationally and internationally. We want everyone to be able to make the most of accurate forecasts and expert advice to keep people safe and enable them to make the right decisions based on weather conditions that affect the activities they are trying to do. In addition, I am responsible for our International relationships, ensuring that we collaborate with our colleagues across the world, sharing resources, information and scientific excellence; the weather has no borders.

I am also taking the lead on a Transformation and Efficiency programme to ensure the organisation is fit for the 2020s, and able to continue to deliver, resiliently, to all of our customers.

I started my career in the Met Office as a forecaster and subsequently became involved in several major projects including directing the relocation of the Met Office from Bracknell to Exeter. I became an Executive Director in 2000 and have also fulfilled the roles of Business Director, Chief Technology Officer and Operations and Customer Services Director. I left the Met Office for a period to be the Executive Director of Eumetnet, the organisation that enables the coordination of European meteorological services, and rejoined the Met Office in 2015.

In addition, as Deputy Chief Executive, I support our Chief Executive in representing him and deputising for him when required.

Professor Dame Julia Slingo FRS, Chief Scientist

Professor Julia Slingo OBE

I am responsible for providing scientific strategy; ensuring the organisation adheres to good scientific and technical standards and directing and managing research and development within the Met Office. I also represent the Met Office, on science and research technology, across government.

My role sees a return to the Met 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 Met 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.

In 2015 I was appointed as one of the seven members of a new European Commission Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) group which brings together top scientists from across Europe to improve the evidence based scientific advice behind the Commission's policy-making activities.

Dr Andy Brown, Director of Science

Andy Brown

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 Organisation and World Climate Research Programme.

Kay Eldergill, Director of Human Resources

Kay Eldergill

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.

Phil Evans, Government Services Director

Phil Evans

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.

Charles Ewen, Director of Technology and Chief Information Officer

Charles Ewen

I am responsible for the development and implementation of our ICT Strategy and for the internal technical teams within the Technology Directorate. I also work closely with our Science teams to operate our High Performance Computing (HPC) capability and mass storage systems. The Met Office relies heavily on 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.

Arwel Griffiths, Business Group Director

Arwel Griffiths

I am responsible for the Met Office Business Group, which is working at the forefront of weather and climate science for protection, prosperity and well-being to deliver services to industry and associated public bodies.

I have worked at the Met Office since 2010. Prior to that, I had 28 years' experience in the private sector, holding a number of executive positions in international science and engineering companies, including ICI, ABB, National Grid and Germanischer Lloyd.

Nick Jobling, Chief Financial Officer

Nick Jobling

I am responsible for the delivery of all financial advice, planning, control and support to the organisation. I provide financial leadership to the Executive 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 telecoms 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: 5 May 2016

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