John leads the development of our digital ocean portfolio.
He’s an Honorary Fellow of the Met Office, and a Senior Research Fellow of The Turing Institute. And, internationally, he’s a member of the GOOS Steering Committee, and has a leadership role on their Digital Twins of the Ocean programme.
Before joining us, John worked at the Met Office. He was Head of the Ocean Forecasting R&D Department (OFRD), and co-chair of the National Partnership for Ocean Prediction (NPOP). As Head of OFRD, he was responsible for developing models and satellite analyses for short-range ocean monitoring and forecasting.
He also led the Newton Programme’s India project, coordinating work in the Met Office and in UK academia with work conducted at the Ministry of Earth Science in India. He was also a Management Board Member of Mercator Ocean.
His background is in shelf seas monitoring, and his research has primarily focused on the development of ocean models. He led the ocean model developments based on NEMO for applications across the Met Office for a number of years before becoming Head of Ocean Forecasting in 2014.
Prior to his career at the Met Office, John worked for the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) at Plymouth Marine Laboratory as a mathematical modeller in a biogeochemistry modelling team, and was primarily responsible for implementing marine dynamical models.