I graduated from the University of Sussex in 1981 with a degree in Neurobiology and then obtained my PhD in Neuroendocrinology in 1985 at the University of Cambridge. I had by then developed a strong interest in behavioural and cognitive neuroscience and so stayed on as a postdoc in Cambridge to study the neural and neurochemical basis of cognitive flexibility. My recent research has focussed on the development of non-human primate models of trait anxiety and positive and negative emotion regulation, fractionating out the distinct prefrontal cognitive processes that underlie the varied aetiology of affective disorders and elucidating the role of dopaminergic and serotonergic modulation of these processes. My experimental approach combines neural, pharmacological, cardiovascular, neuroimaging and genetic techniques. I am an associate editor for Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience and a field Editor for the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology. I have sat on the Society for Neuroscience committee for Animal research and currently sit on the UK Council for Understanding Animals In Research and the Executive committee of Cambridge Neuroscience. I was previously a member of the EBBS scientific committee from 2000 to 2002 and have organised a number of EBBS symposia, including one at last year’s joint meeting of EBBS-EBPS in Verona. I would be glad of the opportunity to work with the rest of the EBBS committee to continue the excellent work of EBBS in promoting European behavioural neuroscience not only amongst scientists and clinicians but also Governments and the general public.