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. Areas of specialism for each Council Member can be found here. 

Council meet three 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.



Ellie Highwood RMetS President 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.


Vice Presidents



Steve returned to the Met Office at the beginning of 2015 as Director of Operations & Customer Services.  With a career spanning more than 30 years, this is a return to ‘old turf’ for Steve, who began his career there in 1979 in various posts including 10 years in aviation forecasting.  He was later responsible for relocating the Met Office’s HQ and Operations Centre from Bracknell to Exeter.  He continued in various posts including that of Chief Technology Officer, until 2007 when he became Executive Director for EUMETNET in Brussels, working with 31 members to agree a common strategy with respect to the European Meteorological infrastructure, operated by the Met Services.  He also represented the EUMETNET members within the European Commission and other EU Agencies. 

With his unique mix of skills, he is a highly trusted leader and business partner and is experienced in both the private and public sectors.  He is also a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and has been a Member of the European Environment Agency Advisory Group (climate change) and other advisory boards for PF7 projects


Julian Mayes is Training Manager at MeteoGroup UK. He has responsibility for running training courses for clients as well as internal training for forecasters. As part of the latter role he co-ordinates the MeteoGroup Assessment Centre for the Diploma in Meteorological Forecasting. Before joining MeteoGroup in 2004 Julian taught meteorology and climatology at Roehampton University for 16 years.  He edited ‘Weather’ between 2003 and 2009.

Julian’s interest in the weather was triggered by the discovery of a book entitled ‘Enjoy Cumbria’s Climate’ during a particularly wet Lake District holiday in August 1974. The fact that it was written by Prof. Gordon Manley meant little at the time, but his evocative writing was instrumental in developing Julian’s interest in climatology. Julian went to on gain a BSc in Geography in 1984 and a PhD in UK synoptic climatology in 1988, both at Swansea University.

Julian is particularly interested in the links between meteorologists and climatologists; current concerns over climatic variability are highlighting the importance of being fully aware of early climatological records in order to place events in a meaningful historical perspective. There are also implications for climatological education amongst students studying meteorology, including those who go into weather forecasting. Julian has been involved in a number of Local Centres of the Society and several Special Interest Groups and was awarded the Society’s Outstanding Service Award in 2010.

Jennie Campbell

Jennie Campbell

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 11 European countries as well as Asia and the USA, it employs almost 400 staff, including 150 meteorologists, and has customers worldwide. At the end of 2013 agreement was reached for MeteoGroup to be acquired by global growth investment firm, General Atlantic and Jennie became CEO.

Jennie is 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.

Vice President for Scotland


Richard Essery is a Reader in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh, with research interests in land-atmosphere interactions, particularly for cold regions. After a degree and a PhD in theoretical physics, Richard joined the Met Office Hadley Centre in January 1992 to work in the land surface modelling group under Peter Cox. He took leave to work at the Canadian National Hydrology Research Institute to gain field experience in snow hydrology in 1997-1998 (an unusually warm and snow-free El Nino winter in Canada). Since then he has participated in or led field experiments in Canada, USA, Switzerland, Sweden and Finland. He moved from the Met Office to the Centre for Glaciology at the University of Aberystwyth on a NERC Advanced Research Fellowship in 2002, and has been at Edinburgh since 2007. Richard chaired an International Association of Cryospheric Sciences working group on modelling of forest snow processes and leads the snow theme for the JULES community land surface model. His teaching at Edinburgh includes introductory meteorology, atmospheric physics and quantitative methods.



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 been working as a consultant.

General Secretary


Ewen McCallum has recently retired from the UK Met Office as their Chief Meteorologist, after nearly 40 years of service. He began his career as a forecaster after leaving university in 1974. Following a period as an instructor at the Met Office college and forecasting tours at home and abroad he became Head of Forecasting in the mid nineties. He was responsible for the strategic direction of the Met office’s forecasting commitment at a crucial time when automation was replacing manually produced charts and products.  He was particularly active in PR and the communication of severe weather in general, ensuring that a clear message of impact was given to Government, commercial customers and the general public.

Ewen is currently a member of the EMS International Organizing Committee and also looks forward to working with the RMetS to help give ‘something back’ to the meteorological community.

Main Committee Chairs

Accreditation Board Chair


Climate Science Communications Group



Education Committee


House Committee


Meetings Committee


Membership Development Group


Scientific Publishing Committee


Strategic Programme Board

Steve Noyes

Ordinary Members of Council