President and Council

Council Members and Committee Chairs

The Society's affairs are run by Council and its Committees. Council comprises a total of 19 Officers and Ordinary Members of Council elected at the Annual General Meeting. The President, elected for a two-year term, is supported by a Vice-President for Scotland and three other Vice-Presidents, the Treasurer, General Secretary, four main Committee Chairmen and Ordinary Members of Council.

Council meet four times a year to set the strategic direction of the Society and review the delivery of its programmes of work. Council Members make an important contribution to the role of the Society and each year there are a number of vacancies for Council as Members complete their term of office. Being a Member of Council can be a very rewarding experience and provides an opportunity for individuals to be directly involved with the workings of the Society. We asked some recent Members of Council why they wanted to join and you can find out what they said here.    

Election for Council

Any Fellow or Associate Fellow of the Society who are over the age of 18 years may be nominated to become a Member of Council and self-nominations are encouraged. Two Fellows or Associate Fellows must support each nomination together with consent of the nominee to accept office if elected.
If there is only one nomination for the vacant position on Council then the President will declare at the next Annual General Meeting that person be elected unopposed and no ballot papers shall be issued. If there is more than one nomination then Council will circulate to each Fellow and
Associate Fellow a ballot paper containing a list of nominees and each Fellow and Associate Fellow may vote for the person they wish to be elected. The results of the ballot will be declared at the Annual General Meeting.

Fellows and Associate Fellows are invited to complete a Nominations Form



Jo Haigh

Joanna Haigh enjoyed science from an early age and after a first degree in Physics from Oxford, she took the MSc in Meteorology at Imperial College followed by a return to Oxford for a DPhil in Atmospheric Physics. After a post-doctoral position at Oxford she re-joined Imperial as a Lecturer in 1984, was promoted to Professor of Atmospheric Physics in 2001 and became Head of the Department of Physics in January 2009. She is also a member of the Imperial College Grantham Institute for Climate Change.

Jo has been Editor of Weather and the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, was a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Third Assessment and has acted on many UK and international panels. Currently she is the UK representative to the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences, Editor of the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, a Member of the Institute of Physics Fellowships panel and of the Royal Society’s Climate Change Advisory Group. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP) and of the Royal Meteorological Society. She received the IOP Charles Chree Medal and Prize 2004 and the RMetS Adrian Gill Award 2010 for her work on solar influences on climate.

Vice Presidents


ellie highwood

Ellie Highwood is Professor of Climate Physics in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading. She did a Bsc in Physics at the University of Manchester before studying for a PhD at Reading, where she has been ever since! Her research interests concern the role of atmospheric particulates (aerosol) in climate and climate change. She has led two international aircraft campaigns to measure the properties of aerosol and has been involved in many others. Research projects have considered Saharan dust, volcanoes, and aerosols from human activities. She has over 40 publications in the peer reviewed literature and a few media appearances. She also teaches introductory meteorology and climate change to undergraduates, and project management to PhD students. Previously she has been a member of RMetS Council and Education Committee, and Editor of Society News. She also writes a regular "climate scientist" column for theWeather magazine.


Jennie Campbell graduated from Nottingham University in 1984 and shortly afterwards joined Listing Ltd, an independent production company supplying page-ready information services to the press. Her involvement with weather started here where she managed the production of daily weather panels for national and regional newspapers. Jennie went on to become Operations Director of Listings Ltd and was a key member of the team of directors who built the business and sold it to the Press Association in 1996.

After the sale of Listings Ltd, Jennie joined the Press Association as Director of PA’s Enterprises Division and was involved in the set-up of the PA WeatherCentre, a joint venture with Meteo Consult, a Dutch-owned weather business, which was established to provide weather services to corporate and industrial customers as well as the media. Jennie subsequently became a Director of the PA WeatherCentre (now MeteoGroup UK) and in 2005 when the Press Association acquired Meteo Consult she took over as Managing Director of the entire Weather Group.

In 2006 the Meteo Consult business was re-branded MeteoGroup and is now Europe’s largest private sector weather business. MeteoGroup has operations in 10 European countries, Southeast Asia and the USA, it employs almost 300 staff, including over 100 meteorologists, and has customers worldwide.

Jennie is a member of the PA Group Board of Directors, the Chairman of PRIMET, the European Association of Private Meteorological Services, and was a Royal Meteorological Society Trustee and Council member from October 2009 to September 2012.


Robert Varley is currently the Operations and Services Director at the Met Office, and an Executive member of the Met Office Board. In this role he leads the end-to-end process for the production and delivery of data and services to Met Office customers. This includes weather, climate and ocean observations, forecasting and the delivery of operational services for customers and the public in the UK and throughout the world.

Rob is a graduate of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, and has now been with the Met Office for nearly 30 years. After several years in operational forecasting, he spent ten years training forecasters at the Met Office College. During this time he completely redeveloped the training programme, introduced competency training and assessment, and authored a wide range of training notes, as well as seeing some 250 forecasters through their training qualification.

In more recent years Rob has worked on the customer side of the Met Office, mainly with the public sector, helping ensure that its services are meeting customer needs and delivering best value. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Public Weather Service (encompassing all of the underpinning science, observations and IT as well as the delivery of key services to emergency responders and the public) and the national Flood Forecasting Centres in England and Scotland (jointly with the Environment Agency and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency).

Rob has been a fellow of the Society since 1984 and is a Chartered Meteorologist, a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors and a qualified teacher of adults. He has served on the Royal Met Society Course Evaluation Panel since 2006 and is keen to see the Society promote excellence in science and service delivery, whilst continuing to stimulate the fascination for weather and climate amongst society in general.

Vice President for Scotland


David Stevenson is Reader in Atmospheric Modelling in the School of GeoSciences at The University of Edinburgh, and works on climate-chemistry interactions. He has a BSc in Geophysics from The University of Liverpool, an MSc in Meteorology from The University of Reading, and a PhD in Volcanology from The Open University. From 1994-1999 he worked at the UK Met. Office, developing and applying the global tropospheric chemistry model STOCHEM. This model, coupled to the Hadley Centre climate model, performed the first century scale coupled chemistry-climate model integrations in 2001. In 2003, he conducted the first global model study of the atmospheric impact of the 1783-84 Laki volcanic eruption. He has contributed to several IPCC and EU reports on climate change and atmospheric chemistry. In 2005 he helped to co-ordinate the ACCENT PhotoComp model intercomparison, and was lead author on its major output on tropospheric ozone. He co-authored the ‘Answers to the Urbino Questions – ACCENT’s first policy-driven synthesis’ in 2006. He was a lead author on the Royal Society’s report on ‘Ground-level ozone in the 21st century: future trends, impacts and policy implications’ in 2008.



Alan Radford

After graduating with a Maths degree from Sussex University, Alan began his Met Office career in 1975 as a research scientist working in Bracknell as part of the NWP modelling team. In the early 1980s he spent several years as an operational forecaster at Strike Command HQ (High Wycombe) and in the Central Forecast Office in Bracknell. Alan spent 5 valuable years from 1986 to 1991 on secondment as a Meteorological Analyst at ECMWF, where he learned a great deal about international collaboration. On his return to the Met Office he managed a variety of functional areas such as graphical forecaster workstation applications and forecast verification.

For the 3 years leading up to retirement Alan returned to his first love when he was appointed Head of Forecasting and Service Delivery, responsible for the delivery of all the Met Office’s weather forecast services to their full range of customers. Since retiring from the Met Office in 2011 Alan has worked part-time as a consultant at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts.

General Secretary


bob riddaway

Bob Riddaway gained a degree in physics and a PhD in meteorology from Edinburgh University. He then joined the Met Office where initially he was involved in forecasting research but his interests soon turned to operational meteorology and he has held a variety of posts concerned with managing and developing the forecast process. Since his postgraduate days he has participated in a wide range of activities for the Society including being a member of Council and participating in various committees and working groups covering education, publications, accreditation, development of vocational qualifications and establishment of theWeather Club. Also he was the founding Editor of “Meteorological Applications”. Having retired from the Met Office he now works part-time at ECMWF and does some consultancy work for WMO. Currently he is also Chair of theWeather Club Board and Vice President of the European Meteorological Society.

Main Committee Chairs

Accreditation Board Chair


Climate Science Communications Group


Education Committee


House Committee


Meetings Committee

Brian Golding, OBE, PhD

Membership Development Group


Scientific Publishing Committee


Strategic Programme Board


Ordinary Members of Council