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Fiona Hewer BSc MSc FRMetS

Fiona is a published meteorological scientist and biodiversity professional with community engagement experience. She has delivered independent consultancy projects since 2008. Following a mathematics degree at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, her career began as a research scientist in the Met Office Hadley Centre for climate change where she completed a master's degree in meteorology at the University of Reading. Her research work then specialised in numerical modelling of flow over hills with peer-reviewed publications in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society and Boundary-layer Meteorology.

More recently she studied at the Open University, taking a postgraduate module on "Ecology, justice and citizenship" including environmental ethics, political approaches to the environment, and biodiversity. In 2018 she passed the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland's identiplant course.

After 10 years of scientific research Fiona moved on to international relations, working with agencies such as the World Meteorological Organisation and the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts. She established a training course in statistical climatology in Nairobi.

Fiona then assisted Peter Ewins CB, Chief Executive of the Met Office, as his Private Secretary, in the run-up to the relocation of its HQ and operations centre from Bracknell to Exeter. There then followed a series of corporate and commercial appointments at the Met Office in business process re-engineering and business development. Fiona worked with clients in the transport, insurance, water, energy, central government and local government sectors.

After this, Fiona established a climate change consultancy unit for the Met Office. She was the project manager and lead author of 'Climate change and energy management', a scoping study on the impacts of climate change on the UK energy industry. She moved back to south-east England in 2006 where she has been the Head of Meteorology at the Royal Meteorological Society. Her responsibilities included organising the Society's biennial conference in Edinburgh.

Fiona launched her own consultancy, Fiona’s Red Kite in 2008.  She has delivered a wide range of projects on climate change, weather, digital publishing, science communications, stakeholder engagement and professional registration for clients including the Institute of Physics, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and BBC Media Action.

In her community in Berkshire, Fiona served as a parish council for over 10 years, chairing the planning committee and open spaces committee. She wrote its Community Flood Plan, and upkeeps its live flood information blogspot. In 2016, she founded a local charity, Wild Maidenhead, which supports 250 members and has written and is implementing a local biodiversity action plan of 30 projects.

Fiona has combined her consultancy work with part-time employment at the University Oxford on research data management strategy, and at the Royal Meteorological Society on public engagement and membership development, and at the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust as Senior Biodiversity and Planning Officer.

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Sample publications

ARCC network checklist for authors. Originally published May 2015, updated by ARCC December 2015

A helping hand for authors sharing their data. 16 July 2015 ARCC Blog

Researchfish the new RCUK reporting system. 17 October 2014 ARCC Blog

Assembly 2014: making transport sustainable. ARCC Blog, June 2014 ARCC Blog

AVOID Symposium Flyer. A flyer for the final symposium of the AVOIDing dangerous climate change programme. February 2013

Emissions pathways to limit climate change. A flyer for the AVOIDing dangerous climate change programme. 2012

Understanding the Earth System. Global Change Science for Application. 2012 Chapter 4 The Earth System feedbacks that matter for contemporary climate Friedlingsten P, Gallego-Sala A, Blyth, E, Hewer F, Seneviratne, Spessa, A, Suntharalingam P and Scholze M Cambridge University Press. Edited by Cornell, S E, Prentice, C I, House, J I and Downy, C J. August 2012

Sarah Callaghan, Fiona Hewer, Sam Pepler, Paul Hardaker and Alan Gadian, 2009, Overlay Journals and Data Publishing in the Meteorological Sciences. Ariadne Magazine. Issue 60, July 2009. http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue60/callaghan-et-al/

Hewer, Fiona, 2008. Climate change and social justice in the UK. An overview paper for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 19 November 2008.

Hewer, F E, 2006. Climate change and energy management: a scoping study on the impacts of climate change on the UK energy industry for National Grid, E.On UK and EDF Energy. Met Office, Exeter.

Wood, N., Brown, A. R., and Hewer F. E., 2001. Parametrizing the effects of orography on the boundary layer: an alternative to effective roughness lengths. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, Volume 127, pp 759-777.

Hewer, F. E., 1998. Non-linear numerical model predictions of flow over an isolated hill of moderate slope. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, Volume 87, pp 381 408.

Hewer, F. E. and Wood, N., 1998. The effective roughness length for scalar transfer in neutral conditions over hilly terrain. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, Volume 124, pp 659-685.
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