John Kettley

John Kettley joined the Meteorological Office from school in 1970.

Graduated in 1976 while on special leave from the Met. Office.

While at the Met. Office, undertook research at the Meteorological Research Flight, Farnborough and at the Department of Fluid Dynamics, Bracknell.

Fully qualified weather forecaster and broadcast meteorologist, radio and TV.

Spent three years producing and presenting weather forecasts for BBC TV ‘Midlands Today’ between 1980 and 1983 and for Central TV from 1984 to 1985.

In 1985, became a National BBC TV broadcast meteorologist and remained with the BBC until 2000. During his time at the BBC, became a Domestic TV Manager and Lead Presenter.

Other TV work included resident weather consultant and presenter for The Travel Show between 1987 and 1989. Also appeared on Blankety Blank, Telly Addicts, Masterteam, Gotcha Oscar, Through the Keyhole, Style Challenge, Call My Bluff, Watchdog, Test the Nation and several educational programmes.

Subject of the hit song ‘John Kettley is a Weatherman’, by the Tribe of Toffs, which reached number 21 in the charts in December 1988.

Charity work includes membership of the Lord’s Taverners since 1990 taking part in many fund-raising activities.

Acted as ambassador for the Cricket World Cup in England 1999, a position that also included meteorological consultancy for Vodafone for all the match venues throughout that tournament.

Main consultant for the 1999 Dick Francis novel, ‘Second Wind’.

Presenter and host for the Triangular NatWest One-day International
cricket competitions in both 2001 and 2002.

The NPower Ambassador for Test Matches from September 2005.

In April 2001, became a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.

Under contract as a weather presenter for BBC Radio 5Live from 2001 to 2005.

Now a freelance presenter and weather consultant, trading as John Kettley Enterprises.

Acts as a personal consultant to many racecourses and sports stadiums including work for the Football Association and the Rugby Football Union, Twickenham.

Also in partnership with British Weather Services, an independent weather provider established in 1987.

Writes a weekly weather piece for the Mail on Sunday and has done so since January 2005.

Endorsements include Asahi Beer, Midland Mainline Railways (radio), Thomas Cook (newspaper), Weather Direct Insurance (journals), MTV, EBAC water coolers (TV and radio).

The John Kettley BBQ Index was commissioned by Ross Burgers in 2003 and he devised a Condensation Index for EBAC dehumidifiers in 2005.

Had a British Airways radio commercial running throughout Autumn 2007.

Presented the weather on BBC Radio 5Live in 2007 and also presented the weather forecast every weekday on the BBC London Breakfast Show from 2007 to 2008.

In October 2007, endorsed Lotus Olbas Tissues as part of a radio advertising campaign.

In 2008, appeared on a celebrity edition of the Weakest Link.

In addition, for the eighth year running, John will be the resident weather broadcaster for Radio Wimbledon during ‘Wimbledon Fortnight’ 2010.

During 2008 John has been a regular broadcaster on talkSPORT Radio.

John made a guest appearance on ITV’s Loose Women in December 2009 and will be promoting Crystal Canopies as part of a magazine and press campaign during 2011.

Involved in the 2011 campaign, promoted by HomeSun, to offer eligible home owners free solar panels, fully installed and maintained free of charge for 25 years.