6 January 2014
Professor Julia Slingo, who was awarded an OBE in 2008, has been made a Dame for her contribution to weather and climate science over a career spanning more than thirty years.
Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, offered his congratulations: "Julia works tirelessly to promote the importance of weather and climate science, providing inspirational leadership of science in the Met Office and the wider UK and international community. I offer Julia my wholehearted congratulations."
John Hirst, who has been Chief Executive of the Met Office since 2007, has been awarded a CBE for his contribution to national and international weather services. Mr Hirst said, "I'm very proud to receive this honour and I feel privileged to be at the helm of the Met Office, which continues to be a benchmark for weather and climate services the world over."
Mark Chivers, for the South East Dorset Green Party, said, " In light of the world-first climate alerts and data from the Met Office, the local Green Party welcomes these acknowledgements and congratulates Professor Slingo and John Hirst. "