John Hodkinson

Change Manager & Workflow Design and Integration Team Leader
Forecast Department, Production Section, Integration


Main responsibility is for the delivery of the operational production suites. This involves:

  • Leading the integration team managing the hand-over, integration, testing and implementation of changes affecting the operational production systems. 
  • Planning and coordinating the development and maintenance of the operational suites with other groups at ECMWF and in Member/Cooperating States.
  • Organise and participate in the team's on-call support.
  • Part of Change Management Board at ECMWF.
  • Also help run the ECMWF training course on ecFlow.
Professional interests:
  • Numerical modelling: Post-doctoral work on modelling of optical scattering and previously to that on Galerkin techniques for modelling electromagnetic fields
  • Software design, testing and training
  • Change management in an operational environment
  • Over 20 years project management experience: Prince 2, Agile
  • Efficient running and optimisation of operational systems
  • Knowledge transfer from research to an operational environment
Career background:
  • 2014 - Senior Analyst/Team Leader Integration Team, ECMWF
  • 2004 - Senior Analyst/Group Leader Operational Suite Management, Meteorological Applications Section,  Operations Department, ECMWF
  • 2003 - Analyst/Consultant Data Acquisition and Preprocessing, Meteorological Applications Section, Operations Department, ECMWF
  • 1999 - MetDB Manager, Met Office, Bracknell
  • 1997 - MetDB Analyst, Met Office, Bracknell
  • 1994 - Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Imperial College, London
External recognitions
  • Campbells Prize for Academic Achievement
  • Rank-Taylor-Hobson Prize, Imperial College
  • Innovations Award for FRASIA imagery archive in category "Most innovative improvement to operational systems", Met Office
  • British Computer Society Professional Development Scheme Supervisor
  • Associate of the Royal College of Science
  • Chartered Physicist
  • Former UK representative for WMO Expert Team on Data Representation and Codes