Alan will take up his position for 3 years from November 2019. He will work with the Met Office Board and leadership team to ensure the organization continues to be a global leader in weather and climate science.
It is a privilege to be selected as the non-executive director of the Met Office. The Met Office’s scientific research and operational forecasting enjoy an international reputation for quality, accuracy and reliability. I look forward to working with fellow board members, the leadership team and employees to help the Met Office build on its successes while continuing to transform to meet the challenges of the future.
About Professor Alan Thorpe
Alan is currently Visiting Professor at the University of Reading, having served as Director General of the European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasts from 2011-2015.
Alan has extensive public and private sector experience that he will bring to the position. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Natural Environment Research Council, Founding Director of the National Center for Atmospheric Science, and Professor of Meteorology at the University of Reading.
Alan was named an OBE in 2016, holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Warwick, Birmingham and Reading, and was made an honorary member of the Royal Meteorological Society in 2018.
He is also involved in the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and the Global Weather Enterprise Forum. He advises Spire Global scientifically.
Via the Met Office
The Met Office is the UK’s National Meteorological Service and home to the Met Office Hadley Center for Climate Science and Services, which is regularly ranked among the best climate research institutes in the world. It is expected to contribute $ 30 billion to the UK economy this decade through its weather and climate services