During the summer, I read or finished a number of books, including the outstanding Grip of Death explaining the need for monetary reform and how to effect it. I also signed the UK up as the first country formally to join the ELIXIR consortium.
Almost all of my first week back was taken up with ‘internal’ meetings, of our own executive team, with other Research Council Chief Executives, and with individuals within BBSRC. I gave my last ‘talk to all staff’, and was very pleased that my successor Jackie Hunter was also present and gave staff her inspiring vision for when she takes over in October. [...]