The University of the West of England has appointed Andy Gibson as Associate Professor PPI to start at the end of April 2015. Andy has led the innovative development of patient and public involvement (PPI) in the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC) over the last five years. During this time he has spearheaded the involvement of patients and the wider public in generating ideas for research projects to be taken forward by PenCLAHRC. Andy will work closely with the West of England Joint PPI team and we are looking forward to benefiting from his insights and experiences.