UKAEA has announced that Professor Steven Cowley, presently at the University of California Los Angeles and Imperial College, will be the new Culham Director from September 2008 following the retirement of Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith. After doing his undergraduate degree at Oxford and PhD at Princeton, Prof. Cowley worked at Culham in the period 1985-87. Subsequently he worked at Princeton and Imperial College. Over the next few months, before officially taking up his appointment, Professor Cowley will be working regularly with Chris Llewellyn Smith on the long term plan for Culham.