I joined the Seed Biology Research group at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank in 2006, having previously completed a PhD in plant physiology, and researched tissue culture systems for 20 years. My fascination with orchid seed lies in the potential of such a small structure to survive in the dry state for many years, and my more recent work has focused on how this potential may be enhanced, and how it can be used to effect in orchid conservation. I was part of the original OSSSU project, started in 2007, and have had the privilege to meet and work with members of the group since then. My principal interests lie in the laboratory process of seed storage, and it is using these skills that I hope to help other members of the OSSSU network in the future. I have managed research students, and worked with colleagues from around the world on orchid conservation, and aim to continue the publication of this work in peer reviewed journals, and to promote the OSSSU community internationally. As part of this, I remain a member of the IUCN Orchid Specialist Group.