Our National Weather Forecasters

Alex Burkill

Alex Burkill Alex Burkill

After completing degrees in both Maths and then Meteorology, Alex came to the Met Office to be trained up as a Meteorologist and has been working here for several years. He always had an interest in the weather since wanting to touch a cloud as a child, and the weather has played a big part in his life. Outside of work his main interest is Formula One, and some day hopes to be forecasting the weather for Grand Prix races all around the world.

Charles Powell

Charles Powell Charles Powell

Charles' interest in meteorology began as a young teenager when he was wowed by a thunderstorm while watching it from his bedroom and was hooked. He joined the Met Office in 2008 working across many different areas, including ITV and the BBC and the Met Office Press Office.
Outside of work he enjoys walking and gardening, and playing and writing music. He recently became a Dad which certainly keeps him busy.

Chris Page

Chris Page Chris Page

Chris has been interested in the weather since he was six, when he built a first rain gauge with his Dad. He studied Physical Geography at the University of Reading and decided to pursue a career in weather forecasting, communicating the impacts of severe weather for public safety.
Outside of work he enjoys the theatre, seeing friends and squeezing in city breaks around the world.

Craig Snell

Craig Snell Craig Snell

Craig has been working at the Met Office for over 8 years worked at HQ as well as a number of RAF bases across the UK and abroad, more recently working with media customers. He always wanted to be a weather forecaster with a particular love of thunderstorms, travelling to the USA last Spring to go storm chasing.
Away from the weather he spends time growing things in the garden, and aims to his my first half marathon next year.

Dean Hall

Dean Hall Dean Hall

Dean has been a Meteorologist for nearly 20 years working for a private weather company before joining the Met Office in 2012 where he has been working as a weather advisor for the Highways Agency, advising on any severe weather impacts across our network of roads for public safety.
In his spare time, he's a passionate birdwatcher and a keen photographer.

Ellie Creed

Ellie Creed Ellie Creed

Ellie studied Environmental Science at the University of Leeds. She joined the Met Office in 2012; shortly after completing her masters degree in Applied Meteorology.
Ellie initially forecasted at RAF Coningsby, and has also enjoyed working with the RAF at a number of different locations. When she's not forecasting, Ellie likes to spend her time playing hockey.

Emma Boorman

Emma Boorman Emma Boorman

Emma has been interested in the weather since a young age and studied for a BSc in Meteorology & Atmospheric Science and an MSc in Applied Meteorology. She joined the Met Office 4 years ago training at an Army Air Corps base before moving to London to work with media customers.
Outside of work she is a keen dancer and gym goer, but likes to regularly undo the good work baking cakes.

Emma Salter

Emma Salter Emma Salter

Emma joined the Met Office in 2007, originally as a climate research scientist, after always having had an interest in the world around her and how it works. She then started forecasting in 2010, initially for the military, which took her to many interesting places in the UK and overseas, including the Falklands and Ascension Island. Outside of work Emma loves cooking, playing and writing music, and enjoys running.

Emma Sillitoe

Emma Sillitoe Emma Sillitoe

Emma joined the Met Office in 2011 after a keen interest in the weather was sparked from an early age, getting wet outside all the time at horse riding shows paved the way. She started forecasting at RAF Valley on Anglesey, and has also forecasted on both the Falklands and Ascension Island, before working in London then moving to Exeter April 2015.
Outside of work she is a keen horse rider and gym goer (as well as a keen shopper!) and aims to climb Kilimanjaro next year.

Greg Dewhurst

Greg Dewhurst Greg Dewhurst

Greg Dewhurst has had a passion for the weather from a very young age. He joined the Met Office in 2008, working in Aviation, Commercial, Open Road, Military and Media Forecasting. He also been worked as a training Coordinator for the Ops Centre in Exeter HQ.
Outside of work he enjoys going to the gym and has recently taken up running, where he's just completed his first 10K race in Walt Disney World Florida, dressed as Goofy

Helen Roberts

Helen Roberts Helen Roberts

Helen has always been fascinated by the weather, particularly enjoying the spectacle of thunderstorms as a child. She studied Environmental Geoscience at Cardiff University, carrying out a dissertation in Madagascar looking at the effects of Tropical Cyclone Dera, while gaining qualifications in scuba diving and tropical habitat conservation.
She has worked in many different types of forecasting, including working as a Weather Presenter for BBC Spotlight in the southwest.

Jenna Macgregor

Jenna joined the Met Office after graduating with a BSc in Meteorology and Oceanography from the University of East Anglia. Since joining the Met Office, Jenna has worked at a variety of defence stations, looking at the weather at a local and global scale. Her interest in weather stems from a hailstorm she witnessed as a child which managed to punch a hole through the garden furniture.
Jenna is a keen walker and traveller and is planning a trek to Everest Base Camp. She also enjoys swimming and is a keen dragon boat racer.

Luke Miall

Luke Miall Luke Miall

Luke has had a passion for the weather since a young age, by recording observations from his own weather station located in his garden. He then went on to study Physical Geography at Aberystwyth University, graduating in 2012 before joining the Met Office in 2013 to complete his forecaster training. Following training Luke was then posted to QinetiQ MOD Aberporth Range in west Wales, where he provided a consultancy for air-to-air and air-to-surface trials over Cardigan Bay, to help train RAF aircrew and Royal Navy personnel.
Outside of work he enjoys walking, heading to the coast and going on holiday.

Marco Petagna

Marco Petagna Marco Petagna

Marco has had an interest in Meteorology since visiting Lundy Island lighthouse in the 1980's to do work experience with a team of local weather forecasters. Since then he has spent time studying Meteorology at Plymouth and Reading Universities. Much of his career has involved working for the Media, especially since joining the Met Office Media team in 2000.
Marco is a keen runner completing 4 London marathons and has cycled from John O'Groats to Lands End for charity.

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson Mark Wilson

Mark had a huge interest in the weather from a young age, particularly when there was extreme weather. He completed a degree in Geography and a Masters in Applied Meteorology before joining the Met Office in 2007. He has worked with the media team the Press Office and has worked on a number of climate change projects in our Hadley Centre.
Outside of work he enjoys playing the piano, learning Spanish and running, and has run a number of half marathon.

Martin Bowles

Martin Bowles Martin Bowles

Martin graduated as an Engineer and worked for Rover cars during the 1980s, before becoming a Primary Teacher. He has lived and worked in Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Alderney in the Channel Islands as well as in Staffordshire and Devon.  He joined the Met Office in 2013 to turn his amateur interest in Meteorology into a professional one. He has forecast for army helicopters, for civil aviation as well as supermarkets and electricity companies. He has recently widened his experience to include media forecasting.

Rebecca Simpson

Rebecca Simpson Rebecca Simpson

Rebecca joined the Met Office in 2013 after studying Environmental Geoscience at Edinburgh University. She spent an enjoyable and rewarding year working in Defence forecasting in the Vale of York before getting her "dream job" in the Media team.
In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, spending time with friends and visiting new places - particularly if they are hot and sunny.

Simon Partridge

Simon Partridge Simon Partridge

Simon has been a meteorologist for 15 years becoming interested in weather through surfing and checking the local forecast. He trained to be a forecaster while in the Royal Navy and served as a Naval Officer for eight years, serving in the 2003 Iraq war. He then spent six years as a primary school teacher, before joining the Met Office in 2012.
He lives in Cornwall with his wife and two sons and loves walking and kayaking.

Sophie Yeomans

Sophie Yeomans Sophie Yeomans

Sophie has a degree in Environmental Science, and a Masters Degree in Meteorology. She joined the Met Office in 2012 working on the Weather Desk, before completing forecaster training and working at RAF Brize Norton forecasting flying conditions for pilots. Following that she worked in Gibraltar before joining the media team in 2015.
Outside of work she enjoys going for country walks, seeing new places, cooking, and socialising with friends.

Steven Keates

Steven Keates Steven Keates

Steven has been interested in the weather since he was old enough to go outside. He says the most satisfying part of his job is communicating a complex subject into something simple that someone who is not an expert in weather forecasting can understand.
In his free time he's a keen golfer and gardener and loves to travel and bring back pictures of photogenic clouds.

Tom Crocker

Tom Crocker Tom Crocker

Tom studied mathematics at the University of Bath and spent some time working in the finance industry before joining the Met Office in 2012. Prior to joining the media team he worked with military customers at RAF Valley, as well as Ascension Island and the Falkland Islands. His interest in the weather is partly driven by his love of the outdoors, and sports such as kitesurfing, climbing and mountain biking.

Last updated: 12 September 2016

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