Management of the Met Office
The Met Office is an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Previously, the Met Office moved from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in 2011. As a Trading Fund, it is required to operate on a commercial basis and meet targets agreed by the Met Office Board and approved by the Ministerial owner.
The ultimate responsibility and accountability for the work of the Met Office lies with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Day-to-day ministerial oversight and the formal business ownership role are delegated to the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.
The Met Office Board is led by an independent, non-executive Chairman. The Board's primary responsibility is developing the long-term strategy of the Met Office. The Board supports and challenges our Executive in order to assist it in delivering against agreed Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The Non-Executive Directors of the Board are encouraged to assist in raising external awareness of the Met Office and its work, and to build beneficial external relationships. The Board comprises the following members, including Non-Executive Directors (one of whom is the representative of the Met Office's owning department), selected members of the Met Office Executive, plus an invited attendee from the Trade Union:
|Prof Sir John Beddington||Non-Executive Director and Interim Chairman|
|David Burridge||Non-Executive Director|
|Dame Mary Keegan||Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee|
|Catherine Quinn||Non-Executive Director|
|Robert Drummond||Non-Executive Director|
|John Kimmance||Non-Executive Director|
|Paul Hadley||Representative, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)|
|Rob Varley||Chief Executive|
|Nick Jobling||Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive|
|Prof Stephen Belcher||Chief Scientist|
|Phil Evans||Chief Operating Officer|
|Helen Stevens||Prospect union National Negotiator|
The role of our Executive is the effective day-to-day leadership, direction and management of the Met Office in order to ensure successful delivery of the aims, objectives and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). It is tasked with directing the strategic change and implementing strategic decisions taken by the Met Office Board. The Executive agrees key communications and makes investment decisions. The members work under the leadership of the Chief Executive and operate as a corporately cohesive collective with a shared interest in the successful achievement of our aims and objectives.