Our principal fellows

  • Kirstine Dale

Kirstine Dale is the Met Office's Co-Director for the Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence.  As Principal Fellow, Kirstine plays a leading role in shaping the future of Data Science (including Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning) in the Met Office.  In addition, she leads the Met Office's Science Partnerships Team

  • Paul Davies

Paul Davies (Forecasting & Service Delivery) is recognised as a world leading expert in operational meteorology and as the Met Office Chief Meteorologist he plays a crucial role in our operations.  As a Principal Fellow he continues in his role, being a champion for operational meteorology, helping to drive our future vision for meteorological servies and ensuring we make the use of the best science and technology from within the Met Office and from partner organisations.

  • Jason Lowe

Jason Lowe (whose role is 50% in Climate Science and 50% in Applied Science) is an internationally recognised expert across a broad range of climate science and has played a leading role in the development of climate services in the Met Office.  As a Principal Fellow, Jason will work across Climate Science and Applied Science to ensure that we best utilise our climate science and translate this into actionable climate services.

  • Paul Selwood

Paul Selwood (Weather Science) is an internationally recognised expert in software engineering and has made enormous contribution to the Met Office by making our weather and climate software run more efficiently on our HPC.  As Principal Fellow, Paul is making a pivotal contribution to our next HPC procurement through his deep understanding of the scientific and technical requirements of our modelling systems.

Adam Scaife (Climate Science) is an internationally recognised expert in the dynamics of weather and climate and leads a team that has made impressive improvements to the systems that produce our monthly to decadal forecasts. As Principal Fellow, Adam continues to improve our long-range forecasts, works with others in the Met Office to investigate greater exploitation of ensembles and also leads our Newton Fund CSSP China project.

  • Jeremy Tandy

Jeremy Tandy (Technology & Information Services) plays a leading role in the international National Hydro Meteorolocial Service community by defining progressive approaches to technology and standards.  As Principal Fellow, Jeremy plays a leading role in ensuring that the Met Office continue to be recognised as a world leader in adopting new technology approaches.  He will also expand our work in this area with the private sector so that they recognise the specific challenges, issues and opportunities of what the Met Office do.

Nigel Wood (Foundation Science) is an internationally recognised expert in the mathematics at the core of our weather and climate models. As Principal Fellow, Nigel leads our efforts in re-engineering our weather and climate simulation capabilities, ensuring the scientific algorithms and software will perform on future supercomputers.  He is also our science lead on the ExCALIBUR project.