As of October 1, Tim Chancellor will assume the responsibilities of liaison scientist for the CoP. The CCRP team has greatly appreciated the efforts of Charlie Riches over the past five years, and we sincerely thank him for his efforts. Tim Chancellor is a specialist in pest and disease management and has conducted research on rice, banana, groundnut, and tomato. From 1989 to 1998, he worked on the epidemiology and management of rice virus diseases at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. Since 1999, he has been based at the Natural Resources Institute (UK) where he led the Plant, Animal & Human Health group from 2001 to 2006. During this period, he was an adviser to the UK Department of International Developments Crop Protection program, and was involved in research on banana and groundnuts in Uganda. Currently, he coordinates the Institutes capacity development program. Tim also has extensive experience working with organizations in sub-Saharan Africa. Tim holds a Master of Science degree in Crop Protection and a Ph. D. in Zoology from the University of Reading, UK. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Pest Management, and serves on the boards of the International Centre for Development Oriented Research in Agriculture and the AGRINATURA Association, a network of European Universities. I look forward to you getting to know Tim in the coming months. Please join us in thanking Charlie for his service, as we welcome Tim as our new liaison scientist.