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Rob Woodward, Chair

"Leading a world class scientific organisation will be a rewarding and challenging task. The Chief Executive will have substantial responsibilities at a time of change for the organisation..."

Rob Woodward, Chair

Welcome Message From The Chair

Dear Candidates,

Thank you for your interest in the role of Chief Executive of the Met Office. I am proud to have recently joined the Board as Chair of this outstanding organisation. The Met Office has continued to push the boundaries of meteorological science and technology in recent years and has delivered on behalf of Government and its services to the public.

Nowhere was this more evident than during the spells of significant snowfall of February and March 2018 when Met Office staff performed exceptionally well – not just in terms of the accuracy of forecasts, but in going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure our customers received essential services.

This commitment to turn word-class science and complex data into vital, accessible, round-the-clock public services is at the heart of what the Met Office does. That’s why we’re investing in new technology and ground-breaking research to ensure we continue to blaze the trail for innovative, progressive science that makes a tangible difference for so many people.

Leading a world class scientific organisation will be a rewarding and challenging task. The Chief Executive will have substantial responsibilities at a time of change for the organisation. The programme of Transformation and Efficiency is changing every aspect of the way we work to ensure the Met Office is fit to thrive in the 2020s. It is imperative that the Met Office has the leadership necessary to guide the organisation through this period of change.

The Met Office serves a wide range of Government departments, strengthening their services to create a combined national capability that is world-class and supporting some of Government’s key policy priorities. We’re playing a growing role in cross-Government work to create a truly global Britain – showcasing the best of British science and delivering cutting edge climate and forecasting services in response to emerging needs across the world.

As a Trading Fund, the Met Office is performing strongly with the business group making a £2.2 million profit, which demonstrates the success of our business model. We can’t be complacent and in an ever-competitive market we must always seek to stay ahead of the game.

This is a high profile and dynamic role which offers the opportunity to lead a world-class organisation to success. The new Chief Executive will need to take tough decisions to ensure that this much loved and well-respected institution continues to thrive into the next decade and beyond.

We are looking to hear from candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds and If you believe you have the experience and qualities we are seeking to lead this important organisation, we very much look forward to hearing from you.

Rob Woodward
Chair

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