Rob Varley obtained a degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia. He has worked for the Met Office for over 30 years. He started as a weather forecaster, followed by 10 years overseeing the training and development of forecasters. Rob then managed the procurement and construction of the Met Office’s headquarters building in Exeter and after the move has worked mainly with public sector customers, helping the UK to manage the risks and exploit the opportunities associated with our changing weather and climate. He joined the Met Office Executive in 2007 and was appointed Chief Executive in 2014.
Rob is the UK’s Permanent Representative at the World Meteorological Organisation and the President of Eumetnet, an Economic Interest Group representing the National Meteorological Services of Europe. He is also the UK’s representative on the Councils for the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and EUMETSAT, the European organisation for meteorological satellites. In 2016 he was awarded an honorary DSc by the University of East Anglia.
On Common Ground
Rob is participating in the panel “My Science, My Faith” on 30 March.