I first became interested in medieval architecture and sculpture as a child, when I was taken on church crawls around Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds, and to look at Romanesque and Gothic in France. I read History and Fine Arts at Cambridge, and did a postgraduate diploma at the Courtauld Institute, followed by a PhD in Decorated window tracery. In the intervals of teaching, editing, and drawing ancient pottery I have pursued research into thirteenth- and fourteenth-century architecture and decoration, with a sideline in the Gothic architecture of Greece and Cyprus. I have published books and articles on all these topics and am currently working on temporary structures built for pageantry and other celebrations. I joined the BAA as a postgraduate, and after serving as Hon. Editor of the Conference Transactions and the Hon. Secretary of the Association, I was elected President, in succession to Laurence Keen. I strongly support the Association’s active commitment to promoting research and encouraging the work of students and younger scholars.