Dr Sue Barrell

Dr Sue Barrell - Deputy Director, Observations and Infrastructure at Bureau of Meteorology

Dr Sue Barrell

Chief Scientist

Bureau of Meteorology

Joining the Bureau of Meteorology in 1980, Sue has held wide-ranging roles from frontline forecaster to Senior Executive. She is now the Bureau's Chief Scientist, with responsibility also for Diversity, Inclusion and STEM.

As Division Head, Observations and Infrastructure from 2014, Sue oversees the sustained operation of Australia's meteorological infrastructure, delivering comprehensive observations of the earth system to underpin Bureau services.

As acting CIO, Sue led a year-long change initiative to establish a coherent new Division with a strong ICT service culture, while maintaining continuously functioning 24/7 national operations.

From 2004, Sue was Branch Head, Observations and Engineering, bringing an integrated focus to the Bureau's observing systems and establishing an enterprise data framework. Prior roles included climate science policy, including UNFCCC and IPCC, integrated system design, research and operational forecasting.

Sue was Australia's Principal Representative to World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and a member of WMO Executive Council during 2016-17, and served eight years as Australia's Principal Delegate to the Group on Earth Observations. Sue was Vice President, WMO Commission for Basic Systems from 2008 to 2016.  She continues to co-chair several high-level WMO initiatives.

Sue is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Graduate member of the AICD and serves/served on many government boards.