After what feels like a long wait, I finally arrived in the office for my first day at Magic Carpet yesterday.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to take over from Rob and to build on the amazing work he and all of our colleagues did in the 22 years(!) he was at the helm. Although the future for smaller charities holds a number of potential challenges, Magic Carpet is in a really good position to support our communities as we all look to emerge and recover from a testing 18 months.

Thank you to those of you who have been in touch over the past few days and weeks to offer support as I settle in. It is very much appreciated. I can’t wait to get out of the office and come attend some sessions so that I can meet more of the Magic Carpet family.

Rob, if you’re reading this on a canal somewhere in the sunshine sipping on a cold beer, thanks again for all your help. Also, I am jealous!