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I support Machine Learning Pilot projects

What do you do and why is it important? 

I’m currently a Scientific Systems Manager in the Informatics Lab focussed on the Met Office Data Science Strategic Action. The Strategic Action aims to ensure Data Science and Machine Learning techniques are appropriately embedded in our weather and climate workflows.  I’m specifically involved in supporting Machine Learning Pilot projects.


Tell us a bit about your career journey…

I have been a Scientific Software Engineer for more than 25 years (13 of those at the Met Office!). Within this time, I also had a 7 year spell in academia to do a PhD and Postdoc. Since returning to the Met Office in 2016 I have been involved in promoting Machine Learning  which has led to my current role in the Informatics Lab and my involvement with the Data Science Strategic Action.


What’s the best piece of career advice you have received?

To do a PhD!


What do you enjoy most about what you do? 

The opportunity to learn new things – I like the mixture of research and development!


Who has inspired you most in your career?

Definitely my Mum who encouraged me to be curious and learn things from a young age. Also, my Masters supervisor who helped me transfer from a taught to a research Masters and encouraged me to go for a PhD.