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Welcome to 2020 with the Lancashire and Cheshire Regional Group of the IStructE! It is a personal honour to have the opportunity to be involved with such a great group of people whose aim is to support our engineering community with a variety of events and meetings in the coming year. Can I also thank all of you, the regional members, who have enthusiastically supported the work of the region in 2019. 2020 will be a year of challenge and change for many in our industry; the fallout from the current political wrangling remains to be seen and we go into the year aware of the current climate and biodiversity emergency. There are numerable technical meetings and training sessions planned which will hopefully support us as the year evolves, giving key CPD opportunities. I would challenge us all to attend the meetings and training sessions on offer, if only to garner the support and wisdom of like-minded professionals. We are also a sociable group, friendship and relationship are just as crucial to our professional development. Our annual Hot Pot Supper is a good start to the year, giving us the opportunity to gather together to start our IStructE year and celebrate examination and study success. We will then round off the year with our Annual Dinner and North West Structural Awards in the autumn. Good luck to all our members who may be working towards examination or further study and professional achievement and I look forwards to meeting many of you in the year ahead.