As part of their visit to the South West for Civil Service Live events this week, Met Office Chief Executive Penny Endersby was delighted to host Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Sir Mark Sedwill to our Exeter HQ along with a number of departmental Permanent Secretaries including Tamara Finkelstein (Defra), Matthew Rycroft (DFID) and Shona Dunn (Home Office).
During the visit they were shown how Met Office weather and climate science helps security and prosperity in the UK and around the world. This is especially achieved through working collaboratively not just with other departments and agencies, but also with the wider public sector, private sector and beyond.
The wide-ranging work of the Met Office which supports government departments includes supporting flood risk management now and in the future, animal and plant health, UKCP18 and air quality with Defra. Further examples include helping DFID meet the challenges of climate change through in-country programmes and supporting humanitarian responses to severe weather. This wide spectrum of work was summed up by Sir Mark Sedwill who said:
“Thank you for making me and my colleagues feel so welcome during our visit, it was fascinating to see the work of the Met Office and I was really impressed with how you work across the Civil Service and the World, providing critical services to businesses and communities. Your work with other agencies and organisations across the public and private sector is an excellent example to us all in providing joined-up public services that have a positive impact on our citizens”