Robert Varley

The Met Office is one of the world's leading weather and climate services. In his role, Chartered Director Rob is responsible for weather, climate and ocean observations, weather forecasting and the delivery of services in the UK and throughout the world. Rob’s focus is on delivering great customer service efficiently and reliably, whether it be advising on volcanic ash, space weather or the Fukushima nuclear accident, through to supporting this year’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games.

Robert was awarded the prestigious Public/Third Sector Director of the Year in October at the IoD Director of the Year Awards UK Finals 2012.

Why did you become a member of the IoD?‬

"I joined the IoD five years ago when I was first appointed a Director. I've always worked in the public sector, and was keen to learn from others with a wider range of experiences."

What does being a member mean to you?

"IoD membership gives me the chance to meet and learn from other members with very different backgrounds to my own, as well as having access to information and resources on best practice and developing trends."

How has being a Chartered Director supported you in your role?‬

"Chartered status is the national benchmark of excellence, and the Certificate and Diploma programmes I've been through have given me a thorough grounding in the core skills of organisational leadership."

Have you made connections as a result of your membership?

"Yes. We have a Chartered Director network in the Southwest which is a really good forum for sharing experiences and learning from one another.‪"

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