Below we introduce a selection of our chartered meteorologist members.
Dr Richard Pettifer - Consultant/ General Secretary of PRIMET
Roger Barrowcliffe - Partner, Environmental Resources Management
Peter Framingham - Forecast Manager Fugro BV
Matt Woods - Weather Forecaster UK Met Office
John Gunn - Lieutenant Commander Royal Navy
Andrew Eccleston -Lecturer in Nautical Studies, University of Plymouth
Murray Dale -Associate Director/Hydrometeorologist Halcrow Group Ltd
Jim Galvin - (Specialist) Forecaster, Met Office
David Membery - Forecaster Trainer, Met Office
Howard Lawes, Metocean Department Manager, Noble Denton Consultants Limited
Michael de Villiers, Senior Aviation Meteorologist - Weather Services International (Birmingham)
Paul Monger, Lieutenant Commander, Royal Navy
Keith Groves, Operations Director; Met Office
LAM Ching-chi, Queenie, Senior Scientific Officer, Hong Kong Observatory
Peter Varley, Principal Consultant, Elements
Juergen Kost, iMA Richter & Röckle GmbH & Co.KG
Geoff Sutton – Met Office Forecaster
Rebecca Venton, Senior International Development Manager, Met Office
Dr Jianmin Shao, Senior R&D Engineer
Consultant/ General Secretary of PRIMET
My technical speciality is observations, measurements and instrumentation, including both surface and upper air systems, both land and marine. I have continued to provide specialist services in these fields throughout my career. However, I have also for many years been working at senior management levels in the subject, holding posts such as Assistant Director of the Met Office, Managing Director of Vaisala (UK) Ltd, Executive Director of the RMetS and now, General Secretary of PRIMET.
I applied for CMet because it is the only formally recognised, openly available, senior professional qualification in meteorology within the EU. It makes a public statement that the level of knowledge and professional attainment within the subject is comparable with Chartered status in other professions such as Chartered Engineer, Accountant etc. In commerce and industry it provides a short form statement of capability and professional integrity that is widely understood and recognised. I find the rigorous but sensibly operated CPD structure of CMet is a good self discipline and serves to ensure that I keep myself abreast of developments in the field and keep my skill level up.
Partner, Environmental Resources Management
For the last twenty years, I have worked for ERM, a large private sector environmental consultancy operating in thirty nine countries around the world and with 3,500 employees. It was not always like this; when I joined the company in 1989, there were 90 people working from a small office near Baker Street in London. The company’s growth since that time reflects the ever increasing interest in the environment and the need for business and government to account for the environment in their activities. prior to ERM, I worked for the Met Office and the Central Electricity Generating Board.
One of my principal roles in ERM is to provide the UK company’s expertise in air quality and microclimate, where I can use my meteorological background to its best effect. Most frequently, this occurs in impact assessments, particularly where air quality is a dominant issue. Typical projects would be new infrastructure (airports, roads and rail schemes) and industrial plant (waste incinerators, power stations and cement works). The assessment of impacts requires knowledge and measurement of existing air quality, the prediction of impacts using a dispersion model and the sound interpretation of the results. Many of these projects tend to be controversial and part of my job involves meeting with, and talking to, local residents who feel their health will be adversely affected. On many occasions, the application for planning permission is decided through the public inquiry process, where I appear as an expert witness. It is in these situations where my accreditation as a Chartered Meteorologist is valuable, providing additional credibility as an expert witness.
My work with ERM has also taken me to many interesting places around the world, notably several parts of China, India and Syria, where air pollution is much more severe than in the UK and effective solutions are much needed. In more recent years, I am pleased to say that climate change has finally come to the fore as a mainstream issue and one which virtually all my clients now take very seriously indeed.
Forecast Manager - Fugro BV
Consultant Meteorologist specialising in the provision of marine forecasting services to offshore industries.
Current position as Manager for Fugro Marine Forecasting Services located in their Abu Dhabi office, United Arab Emirates. The position requires extensive operational experience, marketing, managerial and leadership skills. Sales and marketing is an important part of the job and I get to visit countries such as Iran, India, Egypt, Gulf States and Africa. Each country has a unique culture and way of doing business.
Selling Weather Forecasts in this arid region of the world is particularly challenging! Working with multinational staff in an ethnically and culturally diverse region broadens the mind and instills tolerance.
During my career I have covered almost every aspect of Meteorology. I left home at 17 to join the UK Met Office as a met. observer. After six years of part-time study and a bit of luck, I was awarded a four-year Met. Office scholarship to study Meteorology at Reading University. After completing my degree I started work at UKMO Bracknell penitentiary as a computer software developer, helping develop the automated Sferics system. I managed to escape after five years hard labour by becoming an aviation forecaster at Abu Dhabi International Airport, when it first opened in 1982. After many years sitting on the forecaster bench and beach it was time to change tack. Fugro had recently opened a small marine forecasting office and were looking for someone to replace the current Forecast Manager, who was returning to the UK and to develop the business. A steep learning curve followed changing from aviation to marine meteorological applications. Working at offshore locations briefing the offshore installation team during very weather sensitive operations was particularly rewarding. The commercial business has developed and matured such that Fugro forecasting team is the market leader in our region. Each day represents a new challenge and is the reason why the work is so interesting.
The CMet qualification is not just an academic qualification but recognition of the breadth and depth of experience gained during a career.
Weather Forecaster - UK Met Office
19 years with the UK Meteorological Office-principally spent forecasting in the area of aviation meteorology providing mission specific forecasts for the RAF and the Army Air Corp. Currently work as an aviation forecaster at Wattisham Airfield in Suffolk. I spend my time, whilst at work that is, analysing synoptic weather charts, satellite and radar imagery, interpreting various NWP models-(big fan of American GFS model)
Finally when all data is collated and interpreted, I produce various weather forecast charts and products, that are relayed via personal weather briefs to the crews of the Army Air Corp Apache ground attack helicopters, which area based at Wattisham.
We aim to forecast cloud heights, visibility, wind strength and a variety of severe weather parameters to a high degree of accuracy and on the whole succeed !
This is to enable the air crews to carry of their training missions safely, prior to their deployment to the various trouble hot-spots around the globe. Currently Wattisham aircrew/aircraft are carrying out missions in Afghanistan.
During the early part of my career, I was based at London Weather Centre providing forecasts for transport and utility companies and held the post of National Press Forecaster, providing forecasts for National Press and television.
Aviation meteorology- site and area / route forecasts for meteorological parameters specific to aviation.
To extend and deepen my knowledge of meteorology.The area of weather forecasting has lacked official recognition as a profession-I feel that by obtaining the chartership I have given my valued and specialized profession the degree of status given to other professions and that I have the backing of a learned and well-respected society.
Lieutenant Commander - Royal Navy
Royal Navy Meteorological and Oceanographic (METOC) Officer. Qualified through the RN & University of Plymouth (Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Meteorology & Oceanography) in 1994 and since then have had a series of postings, mostly in aviation forecasting. Have forecast in the UK (RNAS Yeovilton) and in the North Atlantic, Mediterranean and Persian Gulf, mainly in HMS ILLUSTRIOUS and INVINCIBLE. Shore tours included weather and oceanographic forecasting at the Fleet Weather and Oceanographic Centre, Northwood, Middlesex. Recently I have been on the staff of Flag Officer Sea Training and at the RN School of METOC and Hydrography in Plymouth. Although currently not in a forecasting post, I have an interest in forecasting for glider pilots and I run a forecasting course for advanced pilots through Lasham Gliding Society in Hampshire.
A career in the RN provides a wealth of practical forecasting experience, at sea and ashore, and often with minimal access to data. I wanted to see this acknowledged in a way that was recognisable and respected by the wider meteorological community
Lecturer in Nautical Studies, University of Plymouth
Marine meteorological applications, including the integration of high resolution environmental data with electronic chart systems. The development of weather-related business opportunities.
At the time I applied for Accreditation as a Chartered Meteorologist in 1996 I was working in the private sector with a company I founded after leaving the Met Office in 1984. I viewed it as an opportunity to show that professional meteorological expertise was not the exclusive domain of government agencies or academia. The company is now the European component of the WSI Corporation, a leading US-based weather business delivering services to media, aviation and energy customers.
Prior to my time at the Met Office I served as a Merchant Navy Deck Officer and in 2002 I returned to academia to work in the nautical field again. This has provided the opportunity to re-engage with marine meteorological applications and get involved in interesting projects such as the South West Wavehub and the second circumnavigation of Sir Francis Chichester’s famous ‘Gipsy Moth IV’ – where I sailed both as 1st Mate and ‘Official Meteorologist’.
I have been able to use my broad experience in the field of meteorology in the service of the Royal Meteorological Society by supporting the work of the Accreditation Board in reviewing the CPD records of other CMets and evaluating the content of the various courses offered by Universities and other institutions to see if they meet the syllabus requirements for CMet Accreditation.
Associate Director / Hydrometeorologist Halcrow Group Ltd
I am a hydrometeorologist with 16 years’ experience in water management and hydrometeorology. I have global experience in water resources, climate change & flood forecasting (UK, Algeria, Tanzania, Uganda and USA) and represented the UK Met Office at the World Meteorological Organisation’s Commission for Hydrology meeting in 2004.
I was formerly Hydrology Team Leader within the UK Met Office (2000 – 2005) where I was involved in climate change impacts and flood forecasting projects in the UK and internationally. I have key experience in weather radar, NWP for flood forecasting and extreme events, and Hadley Centre climate models, particularly the RCM. I am currently leading Halcrow’s initiative in flood forecasting and also climate change adaptation and have managed and provided technical input to multiple climate change and flood forecasting projects for clients including Defra, the Environment Agency, SEPA, Office of Public Works (Ireland), the New York Department of Environmental Protection and the Algerian National Meteorological Office.
I have a keen interest in meteorology and particularly in the coupling of the disciplines of meteorology and hydrology. Especially I am interested in its practical applications: flood forecasting, warning and emergency response as well as seasonal forecasting and longer term climate change projections that affect rainfall quantities and intensities.
I am keen to continually increase my knowledge in hydrometeorology and hydroclimatology and therefore see the Chartered Meteorologist qualification and membership of the Royal Met Soc as an excellent way of developing my knowledge and ensuring I am aware of latest developments in this exciting niche area.
(Specialist) Forecaster Met Office
Forecasting for military and civil aviation, public-service script writing, global meteorology (with expertise in tropical, eastern Mediterranean and UK forecasting), significant weather for aviation, meteorological editing and writing, customer relations, aspects of boundary-layer processes.
I have 29 years’ experience in the Met Office, covering a wide range of work from observing the weather and plotting charts, through wide-ranging library work, branch administration, publication editing, research (in my Master’s degree) and forecasting, the last for both military (R.A.F. and Army) and civil customers (aviation, media, road-weather, national warnings, I.C.A.O./WAFC). I have spent 16 years on shift as a forecaster and currently work at R.A.F. Akrotiri on the island of Cyprus.
Demonstration of my meteorological ability and an interest in the promotion of the scheme as a professional qualification within the Met Office.
Although not currently a requirement for forecasters in the United Kingdom, I believe that, in addition to their professional (and, increasingly, academic) qualifications, meteorologists need to be able to demonstrate to their customers (and, possibly, employers) their ability to communicate, hold a reasonable argument and understand their subject. The CMet, in my view preferably to be applied for following professional training and a period of experience, shows this. I would like to see it made a key part of employers’ professional development programmes and, as such, paid for by employers (as it is by mine, once granted).
Metocean Department Manager, Noble Denton Consultants Limited
I joined the Noble Denton Group in 1983 presently working as head of environmental studies at Noble Denton Consultants Ltd. and am responsible for management of department, quality and technical standards.
The department provides meteorological and oceanographic desk studies to determine environmental design criteria for a wide range of marine activities throughout the world including design of offshore structures for oil, gas and renewable energy projects, exploration drilling, platform emplacement, ocean towage and marine transportation. Use is made of a wide range of historical meteorological and oceanographic data to provide suitable statistics and distributions of winds, waves, current and water level plus a variety of information on various meteorological and oceanographic parameters.
Prior to joining Noble Denton I worked at the U.K. Meteorological Office from 1973, completed a degree, and finally became part the wave modelling group working on the development of computerised archiving and verification of wave model output, marine climatology enquiries, development of statistical techniques and software for extreme value analysis of marine climate data.
It is very common in an engineering consultancy environment for senior staff to have chartered status within their profession so it is natural for a metocean specialist to acquire a similar status within their field. Such designation is valued by client companies and employers where quality management and professional standards are viewed as essential when awarding contracts.
Senior Aviation Meteorologist - Weather Services International (Birmingham)
I worked for many years at the South African Weather Services (SAWS), mainly as a forecaster in the aviation, marine, public and media disciplines, but specialised in aviation meteorology, reaching the rank of Deputy Director. I have served on WMO expert teams and I was WMO rapporteur, public weather services, Africa region, as well as a SAWS delegate to an ICAO conference. At one time I held a South African commercial pilots licence with instrument rating and a flying instructor licence. Subsequently I worked in the United Arab Emirates at Abu Dhabi International Airport, before joining Weather Services International. At present my main task is as an aviation forecaster, but it includes meeting aviation clients and presenting meteorology training courses to aviation clients and training in the use of our products.
Due to the high regard in which the Royal Meteorological Society is held internationally, the chartered status presents clients and persons in the meteorological field with a trusted and recognisable standard by which one can be measured.
Lieutenant Commander, Royal Navy
Royal Navy, METOC Officer, qualified through the RN Forecasting Course and University of Plymouth (MSc in Applied Meteorology). Since qualifying as a meteorologist in 1987 I have had a series of postings as both a marine and an aviation forecaster. Ashore, notable appointments include being the Senior Meteorological Officer at RNAS Culdrose, a Senior Instructor at the RN School of Hydrography and Meteorology in Plymouth, as well as working as a marine forecaster at the Fleet Weather and Oceanographic Centre, Northwood. Whilst afloat I have been an aviation forecaster in the Arabian Gulf, notably during the first Gulf War in 1991. I also spent nearly three years on exchange with the Royal Netherlands Navy at Naval Air Station Valkenburg, as a result of which I speak Dutch. Early in 2008 I took a “sabbatical” from the RN and worked for Fugro GEOS as a marine forecaster, spending a month in the Caspian Sea and nearly three months off Angola, providing Spectral Wave Energy Forecasts for engineers constructing a new oil platform.
The CMet qualification recognises, not just my academic qualifications, but also the experience I have garnered during 20 years as a meteorological forecaster. In my view it the stamp of approval for professional practitioners in the field of meteorology, the “gold standard” as it were, highly valued by civilian employers and academic institutions.
Forecaster Trainer, Met Office
Forecasting, Training, Broadcasting
Bring a varied career to a meaningful conclusion.
Much of my meteorological career has been spent in the Middle East. I remember one of my earlier contributions to ‘Weather’ was entitled ‘A unique August cyclonic storm crosses southern Arabia’ – until I discovered through the records of Oman’s Ministry of Water Resources that an August cyclonic storm was not quite that unique! The Water Resources records showed that on average one August in five receives substantial rainfall from a westward propagating ‘monsoon depression’ from India . On occasions, oil outposts in the barren Empty Quarter could receive as much as 75 mm - during one of the hottest months of the year from one of these depressions. Data for ‘Monsoon Tropical Cyclones’ – another contribution to ‘Weather’ was based on the mandatory requirement of ships’ logs being lodged on arrival at the ports of Bombay and Madras at the time of the Raj. This enabled a continuous 200 year history of tropical cyclones across the Arabian Sea to be compiled. And for my third contribution to ‘Weather’ entitled ‘Low-level wind profiles during the Gulf Shamal’ I am indebted to the many service personnel who followed humble pilot-balloons by theodolite across the marshes of southern Iraq during the 1930s. Rather surprisingly these soundings from the archive enable one to determine the height and strength of the low-level jet, the minimum visibility that would occur downwind and how long the visibility would remain below operating limits. Observations come in many guises!
Operations Director, Met Office
Expertise in forecasting, observations and customer service
In my job, I'm required to give media interviews and presentations to a wide variety of customers, visitors and stakeholders on many issues and subjects relating to operational meteorology and it is important that they are confident that I am an expert in the subject. CMet helps to give them that confidence.
In my job, I'm required to give media interviews and presentations to a wide variety of customers, visitors and stakeholders on many issues and subjects relating to operational meteorology and it is important that they are confident that I am an expert in the subject. CMet helps to give them that confidence. Having been fascinated by the weather since childhood, though not sure how to turn this into a career, I went to university to study chemistry, mostly because I was good at it. Realising that I didn't really want to work in a laboratory for the rest of my career, I studied for an MSc in Meteorology and Applied Climatology and wrote to the Met Office asking for a job. Fortunately the Met Office said yes and I joined in 1974. Since then I have undertaken a wide range of jobs, from research to forecasting and a spell on secondment to the Ministry of Defence. My jobs have taken to Germany twice and to the Falklands for 5 months. As Operations Director, at the Met Office, I'm responsible for our observations and all operational output. As a member of the Met Office Executive Board, I have a role in helping to shape the future direction of the organisation.
Senior Scientific Officer, Hong Kong Observatory
I received meteorological training in the Scientific Officers’ Course of the UK Meteorological Office College in 1992 shortly after I joined the Hong Kong Observatory as a Scientific Officer. I have more than 15 years of working experience in the Observatory, encompassing a wide range of work from hydrometeorology, operational weather forecasting, computer programming, numerical modelling to public weather services (PWS). I was promoted to Senior Scientific Officer in 2006. I am now responsible for overseeing the provision of aviation weather forecast service in Hong Kong.
When I decided to apply for accreditation as a Chartered Meteorologist in 2006, I was attached to the Secretariat of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva, Switzerland, for a month, serving as a consultant to the Public Weather Services Program to prepare draft WMO guidelines on capacity building strategies in PWS. Having engaged in the field of PWS for some time, I made frequent interactions with the users from different sectors of the community. I found myself becoming more user and service oriented in the provision of weather services instead of focusing on the scientific and technical aspect only. Reinforcing the professional status and upkeeping the professional knowledge in the field of meteorology are the two main reasons why I acquire a professional qualification in meteorology from the Royal Meteorological Society. I am committed to continuous self-improvement with the aim of contributing to the well-being of people and the society by translating scientific advances into improved weather forecast and warning services.
Principal Consultant – Elements
Consultant, specialising in military aspects of meteorology and oceanography.
After 18 years as an operational forecaster and trainer in the Royal Navy, I left to establish a meteorological and oceanographic consultancy. Work as a consultant has been varied and often highly challenging and also, normally, very rewarding. I have been involved in the integration of forecasting systems within large IT systems, scientific analysis and production of study reports. I have also worked on managing the effects of human generated sound energy on marine mammals and was privileged to act as Chief Scientist during trials of a low-frequency sonar system.
When the Chartered Meteorologist qualification was introduced, I saw the scheme as a highly valuable recognition of professional status within and outside the profession. I therefore applied to be considered in the first tranche. A great strength of the scheme is its ability to recognise professionals with a very wide variety of experience and specialisation.
iMA Richter & Röckle GmbH & Co.KG
Met Office Forecaster
Currently working with helicopters, Geoff has a wide experience of operational meteorology ranging from fast-jet forecasting through to media broadcasting.
Geoff joined the Met Office in 1973 and following six years of observing and studying he has garnered thirty years experience in forecasting. This has encapsulated forecasting for radio (and even the odd TV appearance), for the oil industry, for shipping, road transport, agriculture and both civil and military aviation. It has entailed working overseas, particularly the Middle East, as well as a number of regions in the UK, and has included the mentoring of trainee forecasters and providing talks and workshops. Sound communication skills are essential in meteorology in order to convey the complex atmospheric interaction that takes place into an understandable and usable form for the end-user and with this mind Geoff gained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Science Communication from Birkbeck College, London.
At the moment Geoff’s work involves close co-operation with helicopter operations. Examining computer-generated guidance from the Met Office’s headquarters in Exeter and using his own analysis of radar, satellite and observational data together with local knowledge and expertise, information and forecasts are delivered to the sharp end – the flight-crews and airfield authorities.
Reason for Applying for CMet
The profession has long needed an independently verified statement of recognition for the profession. The advent of the CMet scheme has provided that statement and it gives prospective employers, clients and colleagues an independent and re-assuring measure of capability embracing experience, skills and trustworthiness.
Strategic Partnerships Manager, Met Office
Senior International Development Manager, Met Office
PG Diploma (Applied Meteorology and Oceanography)
MSc (Applied Oceanography)
My present role at the Met Office lies within the International Development Team where I am working with National Meteorological Services in Africa, predominantly Rwanda and Kenya. This work is providing me with the opportunity to utilise all of my experience to date in order to support these developing NMSs in terms of observations networks, forecasting, product development and stakeholder management – all working in a collaborative, cross-cultural environment!
My previous role at the Met Office was in the Government Business area, where I helped to establish a strategic partnership between the Met Office and other public sector organisations that specialise in environmental science, including hydrology and hydro-geology. My focus then was on finding opportunities for the development of multi-disciplinary science and associated services. Before this, I worked in the product development area, developing and establishing a new internal process for new product development. This job was preceded by work in the Observations Programme where I was the Deputy Upper Air and Remote Sensing Manager as well as the Operational Weather Radar Network Manager. I that role, I was responsible for the provision of good quality and timely weather radar data to both internal (Operations Centre forecasters, modellers etc.) and external customers (for example, the Environment Agency’s flood forecasters). My previous experience as a forecaster (see below) enabled me to actively engage with the Operations Centre staff regarding the quality of our observations and in the scheduling of planned maintenance work for the networks, for which it was essential to be aware of the prevailing and forecast weather conditions.
Before joining Met Office, I served for ten years as a Warfare Officer in the Royal Navy, where I sub-specialised in the Hydrography, Meteorology and Oceanography (HM) branch. In the HM branch, I served as an operational forecaster both at sea and shoreside, providing both meteorology and oceanographic forecasts to aircrew and warfare staff in both peacetime. During the 2003 Gulf War, I served with 814 Squadron, then the first operational Merlin helicopter squadron. 814 was the first squadron to operate the Merlin’s new active dipping sonar and I was heavily involved in establishing a means of minimising the environmental impact of the sonar on marine life, utilising my oceanographic knowledge and skills to provide dynamic guidance to aircrew and ships staff. I also served in the Royal Navy’s Fleet Weather and Oceanographic Centre (the Royal Navy’s equivalent to Met Office’s Operations Centre), producing numerous products for all three services as well as NATO, both routine and in support of exercises and operations.
I applied for chartered status on leaving the Royal Navy in 2005. I was aware that through my training and subsequent appointments in the Royal Navy, I had already gained the required level of qualification and practical experience to apply and was eager to add chartered status to my Curriculum Vitae. Whilst my application was being processed, I was fortunate to secure a new post at Met Office but knew that holding CMet accreditation would be a useful addition to my portfolio.
Within my new role in International Development and working with National Meteorological Services in Kenya and Rwanda, being recognised as a CMet has been an important addition to my CV, giving a level of professional credibility that overseas partners expect from the Met Office.
In the last 16 years with Vaisala, I have been specialised mainly in road weather modelling and forecasting for the purpose of improving and/or maintaining high safety standards for road users, as well as cutting costs of winter road maintenance and reducing damage to the environment due to over-salting the roads. The forecasting model can be run either for a very short range (up to 6 hours) and fully automatic based on sensor measurements at roadside weather stations, or for a few days with inputs from a local meteorological service provider. These forecasts, however, are site specific, or in other words, they tell us road weather conditions only at specific points where roadside weather stations are. To overcome this limitation, a new model has been developed to provide a clearer picture of distribution and variation of road surface temperature and surface state over a whole road network at a fine spatial (e.g., 100m) and temporal (e.g., 5min) resolution.
Other fields of expertise include modelling and prediction of ice and snow on overhead cables and Thermal Mapping (a technique by which road surface temperature and near surface atmospheric conditions are measured by a moving vehicle along the road). Apart from these, I have been involved in research of climate change and its impact on agriculture. Recently, my research interests have been extended into the fields of mesoscale modelling and observation data quality control.
I surely enjoy what I have been doing, for being a researcher means continuous learning, accompanied by excitement and inspiration with new knowledge, new findings and new ideas.
Reason for Applying for CMet
Back to early days when I was in China, I knew that the Royal Meteorological Society is one of the most recognized and prestigious professional organizations in meteorology in the world. When theCMet Accreditation Scheme was first published, I was instantly impressed by its high standards and felt honoured for being one of the successful applicants. With a CMet title, both my employer and clients know that the quality of my work is assured. The title also reminds me and encourages me live up to it by constantly broadening and deepening my knowledge and enhancing my experience.