Stephen Belcher is Chief of Science and Technology at the UK Met Office with responsibility for leading the research and development of the Met Office’s work on weather and climate. The Met Office team of more than 500 research scientists has earned a world-wide reputation for excellence in weather and climate science and the translation of this science into weather and climate services for daily weather forecasts, emergency response (for example to volcanic eruptions), and into climate change mitigation and adaptation. As Chief Scientist, Stephen has overall responsibility for the leadership and management of the Met Office’s scientific programme, by providing strategic direction, ensuring high quality delivery and nurturing scientific excellence. He represents the Met Office on science and research technology to UK Government, ensuring that the Met Office science programme fits properly into the wider UK environmental science landscape. Stephen is also a member of the UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor network led by Sir Patrick Vallance.