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Rob Harrison - Head of Renewables

How long have you worked at the Met Office?

I’ve been here about nine years now.

What is your position?

My current role is Head of Renewables so I have overall responsibility for the renewables sector of the business. It’s up to me to lead on strategy, profitable growth and business development, and to ensure that we have the right science in place to deliver the best commercial outcomes. I actually joined the Met Office as a Climate Research Scientist, developing the complex numerical models used to understand the impact of climate change. I then moved into the role of Utilities Business Manager, looking after the sector strategy, budgets and a team of account managers. While my career journey has become more commercially focused, my scientific knowledge is still invaluable. As we cover such an incredible breadth of work at the Met Office, there are always opportunities to explore the business and get involved with new, exciting things. I’m actually about to embark on a new challenge – as Met Office Regional Head for S.E Asia, I’ll soon be developing our business in a totally different part of the world, which is tantamount to the opportunity available here.

What attracted you to the Met Office?

I was working in environmental science consultancy before coming to the Met Office. With a degree in Marine Science and a passion forsailing and water sports, I’d always had a keen interest in weather and climate so I knew all about the Met Office. Our work is very well-respected in the field and we’re seen as a credible world-leading meteorological organisation. Even before I joined, I knew that they’d be a huge amount of potential here. 

What is a typical day?

The only typical thing about my day is the variety! I spend a lot of my time getting to the heart of what our external customers need from us, and how those needs are evolving. This enables me to make sure that we’re delivering the best possible services. Day-to-day, I might be meeting with customers, checking the progress of projects or liaising with people across the organisation on scientific development. My role involves quite a lot of travel around the UK and Europe so that keeps me busy too.

Best thing about working for the Met Office?

It’s a fantastic place to develop your career – and I think my experience shows that. Also, the people that work here all share a real passion for what they do and what their work contributes to the ‘bigger picture’. There are constantly new challenges. With our world-leading capabilities, there is just so much potential for us to unlock, so much room to grow and so many innovations to be made. It makes the future very exciting.