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 Professor in Environmental Engineering in the School of Sustainability, Civil and Environmental Engineering at the 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.


Imogen Salt, SCENARIO DTP Administration Manager

Imogen 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…





Sadaf Jafri, SCENARIO Training and Recruitment Officer, University of Reading

Sadaf’s main focus is helping to improve equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within SCENARIO.  She assists in the training for PhD students and is responsible for the website’s EDI content and visibility. She supports the recruitment of Scenario students and will provide guidance on the EDI aspects of project design.  She works to ensure an effective recruitment and induction process that meets both Scenario and the students’ needs.



SCENARIO Student Representatives

  • Cohort 6: Fraser Baird, University of Surrey, Surrey Space Centre
  • Cohort 7: Dan Shockley, University of Surrey, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering / British Geological Survey
  • Cohort 8: Laura Risley, University of Reading, Department of Mathematics & Statistics
  • Cohort 9: Rose Foster, University of Surrey, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Cohort 9: Chris Pesso, University of Reading, Department of Geography and Environmental Science / UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
  • Cohort 10: Ezra Porter, University of Surrey, Department of Physics
  • Cohort 10: Niamh O’Callaghan, University of Reading, Department of Meteorology

The Reps for Cohorts 4 and 5 have now completed their PhDs. Cohort 4 and 5 students can contact any of the other Reps with any feedback or suggestions.

SCENARIO Advisory Board

  • Rowan Sutton, 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
  • David Macdonald, Senior Hydrogeologist, 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
  • Shovonlal Roy,  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)
  • Matteo Carpentieri, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Centre for Aerodynamics and Environmental Flow, Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences, University of Surrey
  • 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
  • Dan Lapworth, Principal Hydrogeochemist, British Geological Survey
  • Malcolm Nicoll, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology
  • Ponnambalam Rameshwaran, Research Scientist, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
  • Ian Roulstone, Professor of Mathematics, University of Surrey
  • Anne Verhoef, Professor of Soil Physics and Micrometeorology, Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Reading
  • Keri Nicoll, Associate Professor in Meteorology, University of Reading, PGR Admissions Tutor
  • Laura Wilcox, Associate Professor, National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), University of Reading