Professor Vicky Pope is Head of Science and Technology Futures at the Met Office. She is responsible for anticipating new requirements for weather and climate services, developing partnerships and promoting innovation. She led the Met Office response on publicly important and often contentious issues including climate change, air quality, drought and access to data. She is also exploring the innovative use of weather and climate data across a range of sectors.
She is a member of the Met Office Government Services Board (responsible for 80% of Met Office revenue) and has a range of senior advisory roles and board positions in government, universities, voluntary and private sectors. Boards include the judging panel for the Lloyd’s Science of Risk Prize, the Climate Change Commission for Wales, the Science Advisory Board for Climate Change gallery at the Science Museum, the NERC National Capability National Public Good Assessment Panel, the Devon Wildlife Trust.
Previous roles include developing climate models and running the Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme, including making science relevant to policy and to the public. Her work is published in the academic literature, national news media and popular environmental books.