I should start by saying how truly honoured I am at being appointed to this prestigious position. As the new SAHFOS Director I have some tough and talented acts to follow, however, I am reassured that the SAHFOS team is a well-oiled machine. I am always buoyed up by the friendly yet professional atmosphere that pervades through this family, and yes, the amazing views of Plymouth Sound certainly help create a pleasant working atmosphere (see right). It seems the Board of Trustees wanted a younger model to direct SAHFOS (sorry Nick!), though my guess is they were keen to see someone closer to the research to help boost that area of the organisation. I take that particular challenge with relish and I look forward to directing a productive research programme that I hope will steer us towards new initiatives into the future.