I HAVE TO ADMIT I don’t read In the Pipeline in the usual way. My habit is to turn straight to Branch News and catch up on the latest dinners and meet-ups. For me, these regional reports represent the backbone of the Guild and provide a good guide to how organisation is doing. I’m glad to report that the various dinners, technical events and networking get-togethers suggest a proactive, thriving Guild doing what it does best across the country: spreading knowledge and bringing like-minded people together. Long may it continue into 2019! Talking of meet-ups, this issue features a report on one of the Guild’s most celebrated events: the President’s Address. Congratulations to Steven Fraser for delivering a superb speech that put our present challenges and achievements in the context of those mighty Victorian pioneers. I always like to see industry figures giving their views in our letter, so I was pleased to see Ron James from STATSGroup take part in our Q&A. Read his interview for a deeper insight into what STATSGroup does, some of Ron’s most memorable jobs and his thoughts on the state of the industry. This issue also features a story that couldn’t be better timed. I’m sure you all heard about the devastating cyber security breach at Marriott International. While it concerns a different industry altogether, its still a warning for us all to put our house in order when it comes to defending against cybercrime. Our feature on page 10, kindly submitted by DNV GL, looks at how you can do just that. Finally, enjoy the issue and have a great Christmas and New Year. See you in 2019!