The process of appointing the new Principal for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama came to an triumphant conclusion on 9 April when the Board, chaired by John Derrick, confirmed the appointment of Professor Helena Gaunt from 1 September this year. Helena has been Vice-Principal and Director of Guildhall Innovation in recent years having held a number of positions at the Guildhall beforehand. An oboist who has been a member of the Britten Sinfonia amongst other orchestras and ensembles, Helena has a strong research record publishing on one-to-one tuition in conservatoires, orchestral musicians in the 21st century and collaborative learning. She has also been the host of the highly successful Reflective Conservatoire conferences and is Chair of the Innovative Conservatoire Partnership (ICON). I am delighted to be handing over to Helena – it feels as though the baton is firmly in her hand and we appear to be still in the box as I let go! I wish her all the best for a great era ahead.