Chief Executive, Met Office
Penny became head of the Met Office in December 2019 after 25 years as a scientist in the Ministry of Defence. She studied Physics at Cambridge and began her career conducting explosives trials to make better armour for tanks. From 2012 she headed MOD’s cyber and information research. Penny is a visiting professor at the University of Southampton and has been a trustee of the Institute of Physics and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. She is particularly interested in fostering innovation and entrepreneurialism, and has been a director of Ploughshare Innovations Ltd, MOD’s spin-out company, as well as a mentor for Future Worlds – Southampton University’s innovation cradle. Penny loves singing and hiking and is the mother of two grown up children.