Phil Evans became EUMETSAT’s fifth Director-General on 1 January 2021. Phil brings to the role the experience gained from his long career in senior management positions at the UK Met Office and a background in remote sensing and satellite instrumentation. He also brings a strong commitment to collaboration with partners around the globe.
Phil’s guiding principle is that working with partners, from Member States’ meteorological services to global satellite agency alliances, will be essential as extreme weather events will exact an increasingly heaving social and economic toll on communities. Monitoring those events in order to mitigate their impact and measure the effect of climate regulations will be crucial over the next 50 to 100 years.
After leaving the Met Office and before joining EUMETSAT, Phil was Director of Physics Programmes at the Institute of Physics, in 2020. There, he was a member of the Executive Board and Board of Trustees.