Official Patron: Alex DeakinHonorary Patron: Michael Fish MBE

Alex Deakin & Michael Fish

We are very grateful for the support given by two of the UK's most notable broadcast meteorologists. Michael Fish became patron of the weather station in September 2000 and honorary patron following his retirement in October 2004. Alex Deakin agreed to become the station's official patron in 2004 following a school-wide poll.

About Alex Deakin - Official Patron

After studying other planet's atmospheres during his Astrophysics degree, Alex Deakin decided to concentrate on things closer to Earth. He joined the Met Office in 1997 and then the BBC Weather Centre in 2000.

Alex is a proud Yorkshireman, born and bred in the village of North Ferriby, East Yorkshire, where he first found an interest in the clouds as they moved over the Humber Bridge whilst it was being built.

He studied Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Birmingham, graduating in 1997. Taking an option in climate change in the geography department ignited his interest in the atmosphere of Earth.

After joining the Met Office and training at Bristol Weather Centre and RAF Linton-on-Ouse, he joined the ITV weather team, creating graphics and writing scripts for the presenters and learning the skills of the presenting trade. He then joined the BBC Weather presenting team, initially appearing on the BBC News Channel, then as a national presenter on BBC One in 2002.

Alex's other TV highlights include appearing on Celebrity Great British Bake Off in 2012 and Celebrity Mastermind (specialist subject the Stone Roses) in 2010.

 

About Michael Fish - Honorary Patron

Michael Fish was born in Eastbourne and educated at Eastbourne College. On his retirement in October 2004 Michael became Britain's longest serving broadcast meteorologist. On joining the Meteorological Office in November 1962, his first posting was to Gatwick Airport. He then transferred in 1965 to the Met Office headquarters in Bracknell to work on research projects. Whilst working at the London Weather Centre he took a sandwich course in Applied Physics at the City University between 1966-68.

Michael Fish's broadcasting career began in 1971 when he started forecasting for BBC Radio and in January 1974 became part of BBC Television's weather team. He has made many appearances on television and radio shows ranging from light entertainment to factual programmes. He has also been involved in the training of television weathermen in various African countries.

He has written numerous articles on travel and weather and acted as consultant for several meteorological books In December 1996, Michael was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the City University in London and in August 1997 was granted the Freedom of the City of London. In 2004 he was awarded the MBE in the Queen's birthday honours.

Michael lives in Middlesex and is married to Susan, with two daughters, Alison and Nicola. A Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, his hobbies include travel, DIY and genealogy.