SCENARIO Management Team

Thorwald Stein, SCENARIO Director, University of Reading

Photo of Thorwald SteinSCENARIO Director Thorwald Stein is an Associate Professor in Clouds at the Department of Meteorology. He joined the University of Reading in 2008 upon obtaining his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Warwick and he became a Lecturer in 2015. Thorwald’s research focuses on remote sensing and modelling of convective storms, which are composed of the cumulonimbus clouds that lead to various weather hazards, including lightning and flash flooding. He leads several collaborative research efforts, most recently the verification work done as part of the GCRF African SWIFT project that looks to improve weather forecasting services across Tropical Africa.


Sue Hughes, SCENARIO Co-Director, University of Surrey

Sue HughesAs Co-director for SCENARIO, Sue is the academic point of contact for the students and supervisors at Surrey.  She is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering at University of Surrey.  An applied mathematician with a background in fluid mechanics and numerical modelling, her research interests include data assimilation in numerical weather prediction models; sustainable transport; traffic-related air pollution and water pollution in developing countries.



Wendy Neale, SCENARIO DTP Administration Manager

Wendy NealeWendy is the person to contact for any general questions about SCENARIO: funding, training, travel, conferences, buying lab equipment, field courses, support and advice services, placements…




SCENARIO Student Representatives

  • Cohort 5: Lucy King, University of Surrey, Surrey Space Centre
  • Cohort 5: Carl Haines, University of Reading, Department of Meteorology
  • Cohort 6: Fraser Baird, University of Surrey, Surrey Space Centre
  • Cohort 6: Caitlin Lewis, University of Reading, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development / British Geological Survey
  • Cohort 7: Dan Shockley, University of Surrey and British Geological Survey
  • Cohort 7: Harriet Turner, University of Reading, Department of Meteorology

SCENARIO Cohorts 1, 2 and 3 and most of Cohort 4 have now completed their PhDs.


SCENARIO Advisory Board

  • Phil Newton, Research Dean for the Environment Theme, University of Reading (Chair)
  • Thorwald Stein, SCENARIO Director
  • Richard Murphy, Professor of Life Cycle Assessment and Director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey
  • Nick Reynard, Science Area Head, Hydro-Climate Risks, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
  • Robert Ward, Science Director – Groundwater, British Geological Survey
  • Nathalie Pettorelli, Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology
  • Keith Haines, Professor of Marine Informatics, University of Reading, Department of Meteorology
  • Elena Bedisti, Director of Graduate School Services, University of Reading
  • Kevin White, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading
  • Matt Charlton, Senior Scientist Climate Change, Environment Agency
  • Tom Gardiner, Principal Research Scientist, National Physical Laboratory
  • Robin Hogan, Senior Scientist, Earth Systems Modelling, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
  • Humphrey Lean, Manager Mesoscale Modelling Research, Met Office@Reading
  • SCENARIO Student Representatives


SCENARIO Selection Board

  • Thorwald Stein, SCENARIO Director (Chair)
  • Michaela Hegglin, Associate Professor in Atmospheric Chemistry and Postgraduate Admissions Tutor, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading
  • Ponnambalam Rameshwaran, Research Scientist, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
  • Matteo Carpentieri, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Centre for Aerodynamics and Environmental Flow, Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences, University of Surrey
  • David Macdonald, Senior Hydrogeologist, British Geological Survey
  • Sarah Dance, Professor of Data Assimilation, School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences, University of Reading
  • Manuela Gonzalez-Suarez, Lecturer in Ecological Modelling, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Reading
  • Malcolm Nicoll, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology
  • Chris Holloway, Associate Professor in Convection, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading
  • Chris Collins, Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Reading