Professor Vicky Pope is an Honorary Professor at Science Technology Engineering and Public Policy Institute at UCL.
Vicky had a long and successful career in the UK Met Office in a variety of roles – as a climate science researcher, programme manager, communicator of publicly important science and partnership developer. She is now building a portfolio career focussing on issues that she cares about and where she can make a tangible difference. These issues include: protecting and enhancing the environment, improving scientific literacy in decision making and improved access to STEM careers.
Vicky joined the Met Office in the 1980s and later obtained her PhD in Meteorology from the University of Reading. In the 1990s she led teams in stratospheric research (working on the ozone hole) and climate model development. In particular she led the development of Met Office Hadley Centre models used in IPCC 3rd and 4th Assessment Reports and for the UK Climate Projections released in 2009 (UKCP09), and still in use today.
In 2002 she became a senior manager of the climate research programme for various government departments – MoD, Defra and DECC, ensuring that the Met Office provided high quality relevant climate change science to underpin policy development. For example she led the Met Office contribution of science to the Stern Review on the economics of climate change, and worked on improving communication of climate change science.
In her most recent full time role she was responsible for developing opportunities to exploit Met Office science and technology capabilities, often in partnership, to improve services to government. She had a wide remit with interests in the impact of weather and climate on environmental and financial risk, satellite applications, hydrology, transport and the digital economy. She worked on partnerships in Scotland, Wales and the US as well as advisory roles on environmental change.