I remember giving Dr Mahendra Patel a hard time at the last election hustings because, like many of my peers, I believed the RPS doesn’t speak for us and the board members are generally there to add something to their CV. Mahendra decided to reach out to me and explain what he does and how he wants to change things. He does a lot of international work and a lot of what he does and says resonates with me as these are things I want to do and am in the process of doing so. I also discussed the merits of joining the RPS with Mark Koziol and Greg Lawton. Two people who have fought hard for the profession and made personal sacrifices so we can work in a safer environment and focus on our patients. So, I decided that to make a real impact and bring people together I needed to join the RPS and understand what it does and also use the knowledge to get 100% RPS membership as I came to the conclusion that unless we have 100% membership and unless more people engage in the elections we won’t have real representation.