• 1994-2001 - PhD,  University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK 'Development of a surface & upper air synoptic climatology to assess variations in air pollution concentrations in Birmingham'
  • 1993-1994 - MSc (Dist) in Applied Meteorology & Climatology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK Areas of specialisation: theoretical met, statistics, air pollution, weather & insurance, weather forecasting & marketing met services. I was sponsored by the Met Office
  • 1989-1993 - Class 2:1 BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science, UEA, Norwich, UK & Miami University, Ohio, USA Areas of specialisation: meteorology, climate change, oceanography, computing, mathematics & air pollution
  • 1984-1989 - Borden Grammar School, Sittingbourne, Kent 10 'O' Levels, 1 'A/O' Level and 4 'A' Levels at grade C and above
  • Since Aug 2001 - Scientific Consultant, Met Office I have been involved in a wide range of consultancy work for the electricity, road and rail industries along with hospital admission forecast development for the National Health Service.
  • Feb 1999 - July 2000 - Research Fellow, School of Geography, University of Birmingham I looked at the 'Cost-Effectiveness of Winter Road Maintenance of the UK Trunk Road Network'. The work was sponsored by the UK Highways Agency and was carried out in conjuection with the Transport Research Laboratory. I was also involved with several other applied meteorological projects on a consultancy basis
  • Oct 1998 - Feb 1999 - Scientific Officer, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council & Birmingham City Council I worked on a Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions sponsored project reviewing and assessing air quality in the West Midlands. I co-wrote the Stage 1 report which reviewed the significant sources of pollution and current trends in air pollution in the region. The work allowed me to improve my database and GIS computing skills. It also improved my project management skills as we were required to communicate regularly with a large number of organisations exchanging data and other information
  • Feb - Dec 1997 - Research Associate, School of Geography, University of Birmingham An eleven-month post working in association with Birmingham City Council, the Department of the Environment, Met Office, Swedish Met. Office and Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants Ltd. evaluating the usefulness of three air quality models. The work allowed me to improve my computer literacy, presentational and report writing skills
Other Training
  • Field Course Instructor (1995-2000) Organised activities for up to 48 students on ten geography undergraduate field trips. The work involved pre-fieldwork lectures, student supervision in the field, assisting student groups in the analysis of results and preparation of evening presentations and the grading of group talks and reports. Most studies were simple micro-meteorological exercises using hand-held instruments and/or automatic weather stations
  • Unilever Leadership/ Teamwork Course (September 1996) Won two course awards for good presentational technique and my persuasive power!
  • Appleby, R.S., Veal, A.T. and Fallon, P.M., 1999, 'Review and Assessment of Air Quality In the West Midlands - Stage 1: Review of Significant Sources of Pollution and Current Trends in Air Pollution',  Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, London.
  • Veal, A.T. and Appleby, R.S., 1997, 'Comparison of ADMS Urban and Indic Airviro Regional Scale Dispersion Models', Task 1 of a DoE Sponsored Local Air Quality Pilot Study, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, London.
  • Veal, A.T., 1997, 'Validation of the West Midlands Emissions Inventory Using Box Model Results', Task 2 of a DoE Sponsored Local Air Quality Pilot Study, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, London.
  • McGregor, G.R., Cai, X., Harrison, R.M., Thornes, J.E. and Veal, A.T., 1996, 'Chapter 9: Air Quality in the West Midlands' in Managing a Conurbation: Birmingham and its Region, edited by Gerrard, J and Slater, T, Brewin Books.
  • Extensive radio broadcasting experience on Livewire (Norwich), WMSR (Ohio, USA) and BURN FM (Birmingham).
  • Member of the Kent County Youth Choir and involved with their tours of France and Italy.
  • Considerable experience using spreadsheets, GIS, modelling, database, word-processing and statistical packages within Windows 98/2000/XP and UNIX/Linux environments. Able to program in FORTRAN 77, PV Wave, UNIX scripting, basic Java and design web pages.
  • Competent climatological observer having maintained weather stations since 1985.
  • French and Spanish to 'O' level standard.
  • Full clean UK driving licence and able to drive a minibus/van.
  • I'm an experienced walker with excellent mountain navigational and group leadership skills. I was president of the University of Birmingham's hiking club - the Wayfarers, one of the University's largest clubs with over 250 members.
  • I enjoy singing in large and chamber choirs and am a keen violinist having passed the Associated Board Grade VII exam. I've been playing in ceilidh bands for the past 17 years.
  • My other interests include mountain-biking, kayaking, travelling, bricklaying, swimming, theatre, photography, surfing, skiing, climbing and gardening.
References Available on request