Working in partnership

Jointly funded staff positions between the Met Office and the University of Leeds provide the foundation for the partnership.

  • Professor John Marsham is the Met Office Joint Chair at Leeds and Chair of the Academic Partnership. 
  • Professor Paul Field is Met Office Science Fellow and Professor of Climate and Weather Science at Leeds.
  • Professor Jason Lowe is Priestley International Centre for Climate Chair, the Head of Climate Services and Deputy Director at the Met Office Hadley Centre. 
  • Professor Adrian Hines is a Visiting Professor of Climate Science. He is Head of Climate Science IT and is responsible for leading the team that provides scientific IT capability to enable the work of the Met Office Hadley Centre.
  • Professor Simon Vosper is a Visiting Professor of Atmospheric Dynamics. He is the Executive Director of Meteorological Science at the Met Office, leading the Science programme and strategy.
  • Professor Sean Milton is a Visiting Professor of Seamless Model Development. He is Associate Director of Foundation Science at the Met Office.  
  • Professor Jon Petch is a Visiting Professor of Weather and Climate Modelling. Jon is Associate Director of Weather Science, overseeing research and activities to deliver improved services.

Leeds Met Office Strategic Research Group

The Partnership is supported by the University of Leeds Met Office Strategic (LUMOS) Research Group which has a number of shared posts. The objective of LUMOS is to provide capability for end-to-end research into the development and use of Met Office atmospheric models for socio-economic impact.

LUMOS is made up of the following staff:

  • Dr Cathryn Birch is an Associate Professor based in the School of Earth and Environment. 
  • Dr Marta Bruno Soares is a Met Office Academic Fellow interested in climate services, vulnerability and adaption and governance.
  • Dr Richard Keane is a Met Office Senior Scientist and Research Fellow, working on scale interactions in the water cycle.
  • Dr Steven Boeing is a Research Fellow based at Leeds. Steven specialises in fluid dynamics and thermodynamics of moist convection.
  • Dr Steven Turnock is an Air Quality Modeller at the Met Office. Steven studies the interaction of air pollutants with climate.


Met Office staff commonly take the opportunity to visit the University of Leeds, to conduct research, as part of their Continuing Professional Development programme, or within joint research projects.