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The Walker Institute is made up of a core team of four: the Director, the research and business co-ordinator, the communications manager and the administrator.

Our researchers are drawn from a broad range of research groups across the University.




Research associates

Our research associates come from a broad range of climate and impact research groups from across the University of Reading.

Meet the core team:

Ros Cornforth Walker Institute Director


Dr Ros Cornforth - Director

Ros is Director of the Walker Institute and has an extensive research background in African weather and climate, extreme events, climate modelling, knowledge exchange, governance and decision-making for climate resilience. She is a visionary leader of entrepreneurial ground-based activities to broker dialogue between climate scientists, humanitarian and development practitioners and government policy makers, particularly in Africa. She established the boundary organization AfClix (Africa Climate Exchange) and has held a number of research positions in the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (Climate Directorate) based in the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading where she obtained her PhD.

Tel: +44 (0)118 378 7392 email: r.j.cornforth@reading.ac.uk



Dr Maria Noguer

Research and Business Development

Maria's role in the Institute is to develop and manage business links and encourage integrated research activities. Maria has many years of experience in climate research and its application to policy. After working on regional climate modelling for the Met Office Hadley Centre, she worked as an editor on IPCC Assessment Reports. She spent some time working in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) advising policymakers on the science of climate change.

Tel: +44 (0)118 378 7380 email:m.noguer@reading.ac.uk



Ms Kathy Maskell


Kathy is responsible for all aspects of Walker Institute communications and publicity. She began her career as a climate researcher in the Met Office Hadley Centre before going on to edit several IPCC Assessment Reports. Kathy also spent several years as a consultant for the Met Office advising business on the possible impacts of climate change.

Tel: +44 (0)118 378 7380 email:k.maskell@reading.ac.uk


Sandrine Perou Walker Institute Administrator  

Mrs Sandrine Perou


Sandrine runs the Walker Institute office, dealing with day to day administration and finance and supporting Walker Institute activities, such as the annual lecture, associate briefings and the work of the core team.

Tel: +44 (0)118 378 4651 email:s.perou@reading.ac.uk









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