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Executive

Information on the role & responsibilities, career and experience of the members of the Met Office Executive.

Rob Varley, Chief Executive

Rob Varley

I have served as Chief Executive since 2014. It is a privilege to lead this successful and highly respected institution, working at the forefront of weather and climate science, technology and operations. The ongoing challenge for us is to harness the Met Office's world class capabilities for even greater societal benefit.

I joined the Met Office Executive in 2007, first as Government Services Director and then as Operations and Services Director. Before joining the Executive, I worked in a variety of roles: starting as a weather forecaster, then 10 years at the Training overseeing the training and development of forecasters. I then moved on to project manage the procurement and construction of the Met Office's headquarters building in Exeter. Since the move to Exeter in 2003, I have worked mainly with our public sector customers, helping the UK to manage the risks and exploit the opportunities associated with our changing weather and climate.

I am the UK's Permanent Representative at the World Meteorological Organisation and the President of Eumetnet, an Economic Interest Group representing the National Meteorological Services of Europe. I am also the UK's representative on the Councils for the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and EUMETSAT, the European organisation for meteorological satellites.

In addition, I am a fellow and Chartered Meteorologist of the Royal Meteorological Society, and was Vice President of the Society, 2013-2014. I am also a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors and was the UK Public/Third Sector Director of the Year in 2012.

 

Professor Stephen Belcher, Chief Scientist

The Met Office team of more than 500 research scientists has earned a world-wide reputation for excellence in weather and climate science and the translation of this science into weather and climate services for daily weather forecasts, emergency response (for example, to volcanic eruptions), and into climate change mitigation and adaptation. As Chief Scientist, I have overall responsibility for the leadership and management of this scientific programme, by providing strategic direction, ensuring high quality delivery and nurturing scientific excellence. I represent the Met Office on science and research technology to UK Government, ensuring that the Met Office science programme fits properly into the wider UK environmental science landscape.

I have a background in academic research, with 30 years of experience working on the fluid mechanics of the atmosphere and oceans at the universities of Stanford, Cambridge and Reading. In 2012 I joined the Met Office as Director of the Met Office Hadley Centre and led the Centre's evolution to focus on climate science and climate services. Whilst Director I initiated the Newton Fund Climate Science for Service Partnership, a research programme now supporting 100 scientists to harness the breadth of UK scientific expertise to build climate science and climate services.

Kay Eldergill, Director of Human Resources

Kay Eldergill

I am responsible for the design and implementation of the HR strategy to ensure we have the right people in the right roles performing at their best. The HR team delivers the full range of HR functions including organisational development, resourcing, employee relations, reward and benefits, diversity and HR administration.

Before joining the Executive in 2012 I worked in a variety of HR roles in the Met Office.

Phil Evans, Chief Operating Officer

Phil Evans

I am responsible for the quality and delivery of the operational weather and environmental services that we provide 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. I work closely with teams across the Met Office to ensure our world leading science is available to our operational meteorologists, and that they have the necessary skills and tools to provide services to support our customers, including the public, government and industry, both nationally and internationally. We want everyone to be able to make the most of accurate forecasts and expert advice to keep people safe and enable them to make the right decisions based on weather conditions that affect the activities they are trying to do. In addition, I am responsible for our International relationships, ensuring that we collaborate with our colleagues across the world, sharing resources, information and scientific excellence; the weather has no borders.

I have worked for the Met Office since 1988. Before joining the Executive I initially worked in research and development on ground-based remote sensing systems, in particular radar systems for meteorological applications. I later led the development of a satellite calibration and testing facility under a joint programme with NASA. I have since held a number of roles, including responsibility for Strategy and Planning, Business Development, Commercial and International relations and, most recently, Director of Government Services.

Charles Ewen, Director of Technology and Chief Information Officer

Charles Ewen

I am responsible for the development and implementation of our ICT Strategy and for the internal technical teams within the Technology Directorate. I also work closely with our Science teams to operate our High Performance Computing (HPC) capability and mass storage systems. The Met Office relies heavily on cutting-edge IT to improve the quality of forecast services and increasingly to make those services accessible and effective for customers and the public.

I have worked for the Met Office in a number of senior technology roles since 2008 and, prior to that, worked in the Business-to-Business online retail and distribution industry. During this time I used relevant technologies to transform businesses from traditional retail approaches to being internet and technology capable. As well as a number of consulting appointments, I worked within the Premier Farnell group of companies for over 10 years. I have run my own small technology company and started my career as an Electronics Engineer in the defence industry.

Arwel Griffiths, Business Group Director

Arwel Griffiths

I am responsible for the Met Office Business Group, which is working at the forefront of weather and climate science for protection, prosperity and well-being to deliver services to industry and associated public bodies.

I have worked at the Met Office since 2010. Prior to that, I had 28 years' experience in the private sector, holding a number of executive positions in international science and engineering companies, including ICI, ABB, National Grid and Germanischer Lloyd.

Nick Jobling, Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive

Nick Jobling

In addition to supporting and deputising for the Chief Executive, I am responsible for the delivery of all financial advice, planning, control and support to the organisation. I provide financial leadership to the Executive and the Met Office Board. I am also the lead on a Transformation and Efficiency programme to ensure the organisation is fit for the 2020s, and able to continue to deliver, resiliently, for all of our customers.

Prior to joining the Met Office in 2004 I have 17 years' experience across a broad range of financial disciplines in high-tech manufacturing and telecoms sectors after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. I have previously worked at Cable & Wireless, Global Crossing and held a number of positions at Alcatel Submarine Networks.

Andy Kirkman, Director of Government Service

Andy Kirkman

I am responsible for all of the services that the Met Office provides within the public sector. This includes predictions on climate change; our services in support of our armed forces; advice on the spreading of airborne animal diseases; and 'free at the point of use' services we provide to emergency responders and the general public.

 

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