Working as part of the International Team (BGS Global), my day-to-day work is diverse: undertaking geoscience research, the development, management, and execution of new integrated research to address development priorities (UN’s Sustainable Development Goals), and leading and contributing to science professionalism both within BGS and externally (ethics, and equality, diversity and inclusion). At heart I am a palaeolimnologist and diatomist whose research interests are centered on understanding the impact of people and changes in hydro-climate on water quality and quantity in tropical regions. I am currently involved in a number of projects in Uganda, Kenya, Malaysia, and Australia. As part of the ISDR I serve as Honorary Treasurer, looking after the Society’s accounts and dealing with membership subscriptions and queries.