Andy is Director of Science. He also has specific responsibilities for leading Foundation Science, which provides the underpinning science and model development critical to both weather and climate prediction.
Andy is Director of Science, working closely with the Chief Scientist, Julia Slingo, on the Science strategy and its implementation, and serving on the Met Office Executive Board. Additionally Andy has specific responsibilities for leading the Foundation Science directorate, which consists of Atmospheric Processes and Parametrizations, Dynamics, Global Model Development and Observation Based Research. Together these areas provide the science and model developments which are crucial to both weather and climate prediction. Andy co-ordinates the work of these teams, and their links to Weather Science and Climate Science.
Andy joined the Met Office in 1990 after gaining a BA in Physics at Oxford University. He initially worked on large-eddy modelling and parametrization of the atmospheric boundary layer, completing a PhD on Modelling Turbulent Sheared Convection at the University of Surrey in 1995. He also worked on modelling of cumulus convection and flow over hills, before becoming Manager of the Orography Group in 1999.
In 2004, after a year-long secondment to ECMWF as a Consultant on Orography, he returned to the Met Office as a Research Fellow, working on a variety of boundary layer and orographic issues. From 2007 to 2010 he was Head of Atmospheric Processes and Parametrizations.
Last updated: 4 April 2014