I started my surgical training in 2012 and I am now a General and Colorectal Surgery SpR in Ireland. I am currently completing an MD exploring the impact of the perioperative period on oncological outcomes in colorectal cancer using genomic and metabolomic biomarkers. I have greatly benefited from being an ASiT member throughout my surgical training and I have also really enjoyed my time as an ASiT regional representative where I had the opportunity to sit on a trainee management committees and give a voice to trainee views on a important issues. In my new role as Vice President I look forward to further increasing my contribution to ASiT and all of you who are our members. The landscape of surgical training is in great transition with current restructuring. As a result, ASiT has a real opportunity to impact how training will continue to develop well into the future and to ensure that the quality of surgical training is protected.