The Prime Minister has appointed four trustees to the Science Museum Group
Professor Stephen Belcher became the Met Office’s Chief Scientist in 2016. As Chief Scientist, he leads a team of around 800 technical and scientific staff, which includes research into the processes and predictability of weather systems , research into the physics of climate change within the Met Office Hadley, and the development of innovative technologies to translate this research into operational systems.
Stephen also represents the Met Office nationally and internationally, for example as a member of the Government’s Chief Science Advisers Network and serving on the Scientific Advisory Group to World Meteorological Organisations. Stephen obtained a PhD in fluid dynamics from the University of Cambridge in 1990 and has subsequently published over 100 peer-reviewed papers on the fluid dynamics of atmospheric and oceanic turbulence. After completing his doctorate, he became a research fellow at Stanford and Cambridge universities. In 1994 he joined the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, where he worked for nearly 20 years. Motivated by a desire to see his research evolve into practical advice, he joined the Met Office in 2012 as Director of the Met Office Hadley Centre.
Tim is a career railway worker who has spent 45 years in the rail industry, rising from apprentice engineer to chief operating officer of Angel Trains Limited through a range of technical and management positions across the UK United. In 2011, after 34 years full time, he made the transition to non-executive status to sit on other boards including the Rail Safety and Standards Board, Vossloh Kiepe uk, Network Certification Body where he was chairman, and Porterbrook Leasing where he is currently director representing the shareholders. He also runs his own management consulting firm and has held advisory positions with a number of other firms.
Tim is a Chartered Engineer, a graduate of the University of Aston, and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and former Chairman of its Railway Division Board. His other volunteer activities include being an active committee member of the local branch committee of the Railway Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, which exists to promote knowledge of engineering developments, as well as a parish councilor local.
James sits on a variety of public, private and not-for-profit boards in the technology, service and charitable sectors. He is also an advisor to the UK Cabinet Office, McKinsey & Company and SystemIQ, and has chaired the Science Museum Group‘s digital advisory board since 2015. James was previously a serial digital entrepreneur and digital executive following a successful career in investment banking. at JP Morgan Chase.
Professor Washington Hotto Ochieng, FREng, is Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chair of Positioning and Navigation Systems and Senior Researcher in Security Science at Imperial College London. Previously, he was Director of the Center for Transportation Studies and Co-Director of the Institute for Safety Science and Technology at Imperial Oil.
Ochieng is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng). He is also a Fellow of the UK Institution of Civil Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transport, Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) and Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors. His research interests include critical infrastructure resilience, user-centric mobility solutions, and positioning, navigation and synchronization systems. In 2013, Ochieng was elected RAEng Fellow in recognition of his outstanding and sustained contribution. In 2019, he received the RIN’s highest honor – Harold Spencer-Jones Gold Medal – in recognition of “his valuable advice to policy makers and his pioneering research in safety-critical navigation and positioning systems” . He is vice-president and administrator of the RIN. He is the Chairman and Chairman of the Africa Engineers Program Subgroup of RAEng and the Global Talent Visa Panel respectively. Ochieng is a member of the UK-Kenya Challenge Board on Science, Technology and Innovation.
Science Museum Group roles are unpaid. These appointments were made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Governance Code for Public Appointments.
The appointment process is governed by the Public Appointments Commissioner. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee within the past five years must be disclosed. This is defined to include holding office, speaking in public, making a recordable donation or standing for election. Professor Stephen Belcher, James Bilefield, Tim Dugher and Professor Washington Ochieng declared no activity.