10:41AM, Tuesday 31 December 2013
The Met Office head tasked with ensuring the nation stays as well informed about the weather as possible has received a CBE in the New Year's Honours list.
John Hirst, who is from Maidenhead, was recognised for his contribution to national and international weather services to benefit the public.
He has been chief executive of the national weather service since 2007 and during his tenure has overseen many advances, including a move to providing forecasts for 5,000 sites across the UK.
Other projects he has overseen include the setting up of the National Hazards Partnership and the Met Office Academic Partnership.
Prior to taking over at the Met Office, Mr Hirst was CEO of Premier Farnell and spent 19 years with ICI Plc.
He said: "I'm very proud to receive this honour and I feel privileged to be at the helm of the Met Office, which continues to be a benchmark for weather and climate services the world over."