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Non-Executive Directors

The Non-Executive Directors support and challenge the Executive Directors of the Met Office in setting the organisation’s strategic objectives and delivering against agreed Key Performance Indicators. The Non-Executive Directors are encouraged to assist in raising external awareness of the Met Office and its work, and to build beneficial external relationships.

Rob Woodward, Non Executive Director

Rob was first appointed as Chair of the Met Office Board in July 2018 and was reappointed in April 2021 for a second 3-year term. He has held leadership positions across both the public and private sectors.

Rob's previous experience includes:

  • CEO of STV Group plc for over 10 years

    • Led the successful transformation into a pre-eminent digital media group

  • Commercial Director at Channel 4 Television

  • Managing Director with UBS Corporate Finance

  • Lead partner for Deloitte's TMT Industry Group in Europe

As well as his role at the Met Office, Rob is currently:

  • Chair of marketing analytics provider, Ebiquity plc

  • Chair of Court at Glasgow Caledonian University

Hunada Nouss Non Executive Director

Hunada is a Non-Executive Director of the Met Office and Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

Hunada currently holds many non-executive roles. She supports the drive for performance improvement and strategic change. She brings her expertise as a business and finance leader across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Hunada's previous experience includes working with:

  • Diageo plc

  • Burger King Corp.

  • Department for Work & Pensions

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

Alongside her role at the Met Office, Hunada is a board member and Audit Chair for the Education and Skills Funding Agency. This body is responsible for mobilising £60bn of funding for education and training.

Hunada currently sits on a number of committees and boards:

  • Audit committee of the Royal Society

  • Sponsor Board of the Restoration & Renewal project of the Palace of Westminster

She has recently completed a 9-year commitment as Council member and Audit Chair of City, University of London - a leading global university.

Hunada is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. She has an MA from Oxford University.

Catherine Bremner Non Executive DirectorCatherine joined the Board of the Met Office in 2023 and is Chair of the Remuneration Committee.

Catherine is a highly respected leader within green finance, with over 25 years of experience in sustainable development, finance, strategy and change management.

She is chief strategy and operations officer at Impax Asset Management. She is responsible for overseeing the firm’s risk and compliance functions, IT, and operations, as well as strategic projects working with the CEO.

Catherine has a wealth of experience across civil service organisations including:

  • Director of international energy and climate finance at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Chair of the UK climate and energy G7 Presidency in 2022; the first G7 to agree to Net Zero commitments.
  • Head of Climate Science and co-sponsor for the Met Office Hadley Centre climate science programme.

Catherine’s previous positions include:

  • Vice-chair of the International Energy Agency
  • Trustee of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
  • Global head of environmental sustainability at ANZ bank
  • Chief operating officer at Low Carbon Australia.

Jordan Giddings Non Executive Director

Jordan is an experienced leader of innovation and change in the areas of systems, data, cyber and technology.  He has a background in academia, the private sector and government. His expertise has been recognised at a national and international level.

His prior experience includes:

  • As a board member and Chair of a wide range of commercial and government organisations and trade associations.
  • Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security.

Alongside his role at the Met Office, Jordan is:

  • Professorial Research fellow for UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) at UCL.
  • An advisor to a number of UK Government Departments.
  • A visiting Professor at the University of Hertfordshire.
  • An Honorary Principal Research Fellow to the Imperial College Institute for Security Science and Technology.

Jordan is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  He is also a Chartered Physicist and a Chartered Scientist.

Lisa Browne Non Executive Director

Lisa is a Negotiations Officer for the trade union, Prospect. The Met Office is one of the Prospect branches that Lisa works with.

She negotiates with employers to secure agreements on terms and conditions. She also negotiates on other matters, which further members' interests.

Lisa also provides individual and collective representation and advice to members and branches. This helps meet their needs and ensures successful outcomes.

Adam Jackson Non Executive Director

Adam is a Senior Civil Servant and currently Director – International Research and Innovation in the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT). He is a development economist by background, having in his 20s worked as an economic adviser to the Ministry of Finance in Sierra Leone, and for the UK’s Department for International Development in Bangladesh. 

He subsequently worked in HM Treasury, the Department for Exiting the European Union and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Currently, he leads the Directorate that develops our international science partnerships, research establishments and infrastructures, research security, research talent, and the government’s work with the National Academy.

Anusha Shah Non Executive Director

Anusha is a Senior Director for Resilient Cities and UK Climate Adaptation Leader at Arcadis. A Senior Vice President and Fellow at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Anusha was the President-Elect for 2023. She will be the third woman and first person of colour to be elected as President in 205 years of ICE’s history.

She is also a Visiting Professor at King’s College London and University of Edinburgh and is invited for lectures at other universities including Cambridge University at the Institute for Sustainability Leadership and University of East London. She was awarded Honorary Professorship by University of Wolverhampton for Knowledge Transfer and an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering by University of East London for her services to address Climate Change.

Anusha has specialisation in water and environmental engineering with over 22 years’ experience in designing, managing and leading projects and programmes both in the UK and internationally. She's a past chair of the Thames Estuary Partnership Board (2017-20).

Anusha represents Arcadis on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development 50L Coalition, London Climate Change Partnership and several industry NetZero and Climate groups. She has been a chair and also a judge on various industry awards and competitions including UK’s OFWAT Water breakthrough Innovation fund challenge. A recipient of several awards including 2020 - Top 50 UK Women Engineers Sustainability and CECA – Inspiring Change Award, she was recognised by Climate Reframe as one of the UK’s leading BAME voices on climate change.

Alan Thorpe Non Executive Director

Alan joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in November 2019. His previous full-time roles include:

  • Director-General of European Centre for the Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)

  • Chief Executive of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

  • Director of the Hadley Centre

  • Professor and Head of Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading

Currently, he holds part-time roles with the World Bank and Spire Global. He is a visiting professor at the University of Reading.

For much of his career, he was a research scientist in weather and climate. He was awarded an OBE for services to environmental science in the 2018 New Year Honours List.

Andy Samuel Non Executive Director

Andy joined the Board as Non-Executive Director in September 2023.

During his eight-year tenure as Chief Executive of the UK's North Sea Transition Authority Andy played a pivotal role in conceiving and delivering on a fresh vision for the UK Continental Shelf.

With a keen focus on climate change and the opportunities arising from the global energy transition, Andy's work underscored the substantial potential for carbon reduction within the North Sea region. This includes carbon capture and storage, hydrogen, and offshore wind energy.

Andy serves on a number of boards and helps companies formulate and deliver on their energy transition strategies and projects.  He co-chaired the Aberdeen Maggie’s cancer charity for five years.

He holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and a PhD from London University and was awarded a CBE for his services to the Energy Sector.

Andy lives on a North Devon coastal farm, where he and his wife are enhancing the biodiversity. When not working, he enjoys surfing and spending time in nature with friends and family.