Awards and Prizes for outstanding contribution or service to the Society or the Society’s journal 'Weather'


The Society's Outstanding Service Award is awarded annually to a member of the Society who has exceeded the normal bounds of their role to the great benefit of the Society.

The Gordon Manley Weather Prize is awarded annually for any outstanding contribution to Weather through a paper or papers, or other outstanding service to Weather, in the preceding five years that has furthered the public understanding of meteorology and oceanography.

The Society's Outstanding Service Award

Mrs Marcia Spencer

mrs marcia spencer

Marcia Spencer has been an important member of the Society’s headquarters team for almost ten years, overseeing an active meetings programme. During her time at the Society she has been involved in successfully delivering more than 700 events, and has been the driving force behind many of them - especially the National Meetings and Annual General Meetings.

She has also provided support to the Local Centres and Special Interest Groups, ensuring they too deliver a range of interesting events.

Marcia contributed in changing the Society’s meetings programme supporting the launch of new Local Centres including the Yorkshire, Welsh and South West local centres and the launch of new Special Interest Groups like the Weather Arts and Music (WAM) and the Climate Science SIGs. 

Marcia has helped transform the Society’s meeting programme through the introduction of live streaming events to make our meetings more accessible to all and has worked tirelessly to ensure all our events run smoothly.

Here are a few thoughts from members of the Society’s Meetings Committee:

“The name ‘Marcia Spencer’ is synonymous with RMetS meetings”

“Marcia has done a huge amount for the Society and I for one will miss her very much, as I am sure will others. I wish her well for the future and hope that she stays in touch with her friends and colleagues in the Society”

“Marcia has frequently gone above and beyond the call of duty to help us to pull together and deliver our events. The consistently positive feedback our meetings receive is a testament to Marcia’s hard work. The meetings committee has been extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated member of staff behind it”

Acceptance message

I’d like to thank you all for presenting me with the Society’s Outstanding Service Award for 2019.  It’s lovely, and a very pleasant surprise, to be recognised for the work I did whilst I was at the Society. I would like to acknowledge and say a big thank you for the all support and help of the colleagues and Members of the Meetings Committee, the Local Centres and Special Interest Groups, and of course the team at the RMetS office. I’m very proud of the work we did together last year and I hope the Society continues to flourish and grow its Membership and scientific meetings program.

Thank you again, stay safe, and all the best, Marcia.


The Gordon Manley Weather Prize

Mr David Bowker

mr david bowker

David Bowker has been a keen amateur member of the Society, contributing to its aims and helping to educate many in our science – not least in the lessons he gives as a geography (and Classics) teacher. This is shown well in seven interesting papers he has written for Weather, as well as many photographs he has contributed for publication for more than 35 years.

He was an invaluable member of the Weather Editorial Board between 2014 and 2019; his keenness for meteorology was always evident and he was always engaged. David Bowker is a good reviewer, reflecting his knowledge as an author who has always promoted the Royal Meteorological Society. This is particularly notable, given that he is not a professional meteorologist. His high standard of English came in particularly useful as a reviewer and, when necessary, he always referred matters beyond his knowledge to the Editor or other Editorial Board members.

In 2015, he helped to select a guest Editor for the Young Peoples’ Special Issue and assisted in the review of papers to be published in it. He also deputised for the Editor during the latter’s summer holidays in 2015 and 2016, dealing with urgent matters and ensuring publication could proceed.

David Bowker became Book Reviews Editor in 2016, before relinquishing this role in 2017, when he became one of the Weather Image Editors. David carried out this shared role for more than two years. He always sourced interesting images to illustrate the weather of the past month with little need to ask for assistance and worked well with his co-editor in the role. While carrying out all these duties, he was always able to work through life changes – in particular, two moves of school whilst he was on the Board, one of which was a long drive from home. He was an invaluable member of the Board.

Acceptance message

It is said that opportunity knocks once on the door of every person. Such an opportunity came to me when I was invited to serve on the editorial board of Weather for five years. It was a privilege to do this, and I am even more deeply honoured to be awarded the Gordon Manley Weather Prize. My copy of Manley’s Climate and the British Scene is well-thumbed, and I have a passion for communicating all things meteorological to as wide an audience as possible. I strive constantly to achieve this through the writing and reviewing of articles, and using my experience as a classics teacher to explore the study of meteorology in the past. As an amateur meteorologist, I have learnt much through the reviewing process - and reviewing articles is by no means an easy task, since careful assessment of every author’s work is vital. But there is also another saying that ‘if we have seen so far, it is because we stand on the shoulders of giants.’ I pay the highest tribute to past and present editors of Weather, as well as members of the editorial board, who have encouraged me and helped to define and shape my work. In a similar way, it is to be hoped that we also are preparing a clear path for those who come after us. I would like to wish Weather fair skies and propitious breezes for its onward voyage.