I find it hard to believe that it is more than 10 years since I became CEO of AREF and the length of my tenure, and enjoyment of the role, is a testament to all of the people I have worked with. When I look back to the AREF of 2009, it is virtually unrecognisable as the same organisation. It is now time for the next step change in the breadth and influence of AREF with the appointment of a full-time MD and the benefits of the new relationship with the Investment Association, which has already borne fruit.
So, with only a few more days to go personally, I would like to extend my thanks to all those I have worked with along the way; various Chairmen, Directors, Committee and Working Group members, other industry bodies and, importantly, the excellent and talented team at AREF HQ without whom none of it would have happened.
May I extend best wishes for the festive season to all our members and our friends across the industry. I am not departing the industry entirely so hope I will still see many of you at future AREF events.