A selection of Met Office people discussing and working with their colleagues

People are at the heart of what we do

Experts by nature

The people behind our organisation are globally recognised experts in their fields and often they or their teams are award winning.  Whether that is receiving recognition under the UK Honours system for services to science or recognition by prestigious organisations across a wide range of disciplines.

Here are some recent announcements:

  • New Year Honours forour Chief Executive, Professor Penny Endersby
  • Dr Helene Hewitt - an ‘exceptional leader’ and a ‘role model for diversity’ within the scientific community, is awarded an OBE
  • Leadership and services to climate science recognised in New Year Honours for Met Office Science Fellow, Richard Jones
  • Professor Jason Lowe, Head of Climate Services, is awarded an OBE

Our experts are globally recognised for what they do and we even hold our own annual Awards for Excellence where we recognise and celebrate our colleagues’ wide-ranging expertise and work. Find out more about this expertise by meeting some of our colleagues

Our leadership team

Our Executive Team looks after day-to-day leadership, direction and management of the Met Office. Find out more about who they are and what they do.

We believe we have a responsibility to look after the people who work for us, wherever they are based and whatever they do here. People are at the heart of our businesses and without them, we couldn’t achieve what we do and deliver our purpose.

Our responsibility as an employer

We aim to be recognised as a responsible employer to both current and potential employees. We actively support the physical and emotional health of staff. We do this through a number of key areas:

  • well-being and healthy living
  • welfare
  • flexibility
  • health and safety
  • diversity and equality

Well-being and healthy living

We have a sports and social club at our head office, as well as a health club with a wide range of fitness equipment, activities and classes. Furthermore, we offer a wide range of bikes for staff hire, and healthy eating choices in the staff restaurant. We also run a Cyclescheme and car share scheme to encourage environmentally friendly travel.

We recognise the need to look after our employees’ mental health too. There are around 30 Mental Health First Aiders spread across different parts of the office and available to support their colleagues.


We have an Employee Assistance Programme that offers a 24/7 professional counselling service to staff members in times of need. We also have a dignity and respect at work team who can offer confidential support.


We give all members of staff the opportunity of flexibility within their role. From flexible working patterns, home working and compressed or staggered hours. We also offer options such as Childcare vouchers which can be used to pay any Ofsted (or equivalent) registered carer, including nurseries, childminders, nannies and play schemes.

Health and Safety

We are committed to the provision of safe and healthy working environments across the UK. This includes a range of Health and Safety policies and procedures and training for all.

Diversity and Equality, and employee feedback.

We value the visible and non-visible individual differences that people bring. Every year we carry out a People Survey that forms part of the Civil Service People Survey and enables comparisons between different organisations.

We recognise that we are all different and want each of us to feel valued for who we are and what we bring to our work. We continually assess and improve our ED&I policies, procedures and practices to create a culture that reflects this and results in a great place to work.

Find out more about this.

Find out more about what it’s like working here.