Our team is led by Dr Barbara Brooks and managed by Dr Chris Walden, Dr David Hooper and Dr Grant Forster.

Dr Barbara Brooks is the NCAS Scientific Services, Facilities & Training (SSF&T) Director and also acts as the centre contact (.pdf) for the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

The operational day-to-day management of the facility is performed by Dr Chris Walden, Dr David Hooper and Dr Grant Forster

NERC has a leadership role for AMOF, described in the Role of NERC Head Office (.pdf).

AMOF reports annually to NERC’s steering committee. Their official remit is described in the Remit and Terms of Reference for the S&F Steering Committee (.pdf).

AMOF has a role over and above that which is funded by NERC: this is the “Greater AMOF” and its structure and what services it performs are shown in Greater AMOF (.pdf)

The AMOF Steering Committee exists to:

  • Provide independent advice to AMOF, NCAS and NERC.
  • Represent our user community.
  • Review applications for use of the facility.
  • Prioritise use of the facility.
  • Monitor AMOF outputs and user satisfaction.
  • Challenge and advise the facility to maximise benefits for the user community.
  • Ensure that AMOF meets the user community’s current and future needs

The AMOF Steering Committee expects to:

  • Advise and challenge the delivery and innovation of the facility, to ensure that it aligns to current and future demand for environmental science and maximises the benefits to users as reported in the Benefits Realisation Plan.
  • Receive and input to the Facilities’ Benefits Realisation Plan, before its submission to the relevant centre contact and NERC.
  • Know who they are representing (e.g. the community, Centre, themselves) and how this influences their role and opinion.
  • Meet annually at a minimum.

The AMOF Steering Committee Terms of Reference are:

  • To review applications and/or use of the Facility and, to make suggestions to the Facility and the relevant Centre Contact. This could include but is not limited to priorities regarding the allocation of the Facility’s resources, taking into account recommendations made through the NERC peer review mechanisms.
  • To review the scientific quality of work undertaken by users utilising the Facility, based on reports and publications.
  • To monitor the level of user satisfaction with the service, review user feedback and to analyse the user base. To propose options for improvement if required.
  • To give guidance to the Centre Contact and Facility Management, related to the improvement of the Facility’s equipment and its service function.
  • To represent the wider views of the community on the operation and development of the Facility.
  • To advise the Centre on 1) the level and direction of the internal R&D programme for the Facility, 2) anticipated changes in requirements from the Facility and the anticipated levels of future demand for the Facility, 3) opportunities for development and innovation, and 4) international benchmarking
  • To review and provide advice to the Facility Management on the risk register.
  • To input into the Benefits Realisation Plan, prepared by the Facility Management, with the Chair and Steering Committee providing a specific update, prior to submission of the plan to the relevant Centre and NERC.
  • To provide advice to the Facility, NERC and/ or Managing Centre on an ad hoc basis


Dr Barbara Brooks, NCAS Scientific Services, Facilities & Training (SSF&T) Director, NERC Centre Contact

Dr Chris Walden, Joint Head of the Atmospheric Measurement & Observation Facility

Dr David Hooper, Joint Head of the Atmospheric Measurement & Observation Facility

Dr Grant Forster, Joint Head of the Atmospheric Measurement & Observation Facility