Steve returned to the Met Office at the beginning of 2015 as Director of Operations & Customer Services. With a career in the weather business spanning more than 30 years, this is a return to ‘old turf’ for Steve, who began his career there in 1979, spending his first 10 years as a weather forecaster in various locations in the UK and overseas. During the 1990s Steve moved in to management and was the Year 2000 (Y2K) Programme Manager in the 2 years leading up to the new Millennium. From this Y2K work, the theory and practice of Business Continuity was formally introduced in to the Met Office for the first time. Immediately after this Steve became the Met Office Relocation Director responsible for relocating the Met Office’s HQ and Operations Centre (from Bracknell to Exeter) when one of the prime motivators for this move was to improve resilience and business continuity through a new purpose built operational environment; of course business continuity also had to be maintained during the relocation. Steve continued in various director positions including as Sales and Marketing Director, Chief Technology Officer, and then Operations and Customer Services Director.
In 2007 Steve became Executive Director for EUMETNET, a not for profit company based in Brussels. Here Steve worked with 31 European national weather services to agree a common strategy with respect to the European Meteorology and delivering a significant number of cooperative programmes. Steve also represented the collective interests of his EUMETNET members with respect to the European Commission and other EU Agencies.
Steve is delighted to be back at the Met Office where, as Operations and Customer Services Director, one of his many responsibilities is corporate business continuity.