I am very pleased to be here this evening, so thank you to everyone for coming. Having been Chairman of the CBA 2011-12, and Chairman of the Kalisher Trust since the beginning of 2014, both organisations do me a great honour in inviting me to share with you my first observations and reflections on becoming DPP, in which role I am yet to complete the first fortnight.
I can feel the weight of history on my shoulders, doubly so this evening, because of the many distinguished Kalisher lecturers of recent years - I am humbled to be in their company - and because of the history of the office of Director of Public Prosecutions, a role which has been continuously occupied since 1880, and in which I am the eighth occupant in the modern era since the creation of the CPS in 1986. With the work of the Kalisher Trust in mind, inspiring and enabling the criminal advocates of the future, let me just say that you never know where a career in the law may take you. I have loved almost every minute of my career over 31 years, I never for a moment dreamt that it might be possible for me to occupy the post of DPP, but I hope you may accept that my journey shows where hard work can lead.