Manali Lukha has been working for the Met Office for 10 years and was recently promoted to manage the Met Office Media Team where she provides weather services to ITV and Channel 4. In this role, Manali manages the daily production of weather bulletins for ITN and she occasionally presents the weekend weather updates for ITV London. This enables her to address the unit as both the manager and a user. In 2011, Manali was seen as a relief forecaster on Scottish ITV station, STV.
With a degree in Geology and Geography followed by a Master’s degree in Geographical Information Systems, Manali joined the Met Office as part of a graduate recruitment scheme. Starting out as a software programmer, Manali developed software now used by the Football Association (FA) in determining weather conditions for matches. Keen to pursue weather from a media perspective she was recruited to the Met Office Media Centre in 2000. In this role she has secured a number of key contracts for the Met Office.