Robert Andrew Varley

Robert Andrew Varley

First Vice-President of the WMO

Robert Andrew Varley was elected First Vice-President of the World Meteorological Organization on 24 November 2017. His term will run until the next World Meteorological Congress in 2019.

Robert Varley, Chief Executive of the Met Office in the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the WMO, is an exceptional senior leader with more than 30 years experience in the Met Office. His strong delivery focus as Chief Executive has turned the Met Office's world class science into actionable advice.

Before serving as Chief Executive, he was the Operations and Services Director responsible for the end-to-end process for the production and delivery of servies to the Met Office's global user community. As Government Services Director, he was responsible for £155 million in annual turnover with the public sector in the United Kingdom and Europe - from operational forecasting to world-leading research and development.

Mr Varley is President of EUMETNET, the collective body of European National Meteorological Services, and in 2013/14 was Vice-President of the Royal Meteorological Society. In 2012, he was named the Institute of Directors' Director of the Year (Public/Third Sectors), and in 2016 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of East Anglia.