All at the IAQM have been greatly saddened to learn of the death of Dr Gary Mahoney, a highly respected member of our Institute, who passed away suddenly on Monday 10th November 2014, aged 56. Gary joined Sefton Council in 1986 and spent most of his working life in the areas of Pollution Control and Local Air Quality Management. He was the lead officer responsible for Sefton Council being awarded Beacon Authority status in 2007/2008 in the category ‘Delivering Cleaner Air’, when his work received national recognition. Following the Beacon Council Award success, Gary was invited to sit on the board of the newly created Low Emission Partnership and held the position of deputy chair. Gary provided excellent leadership and was the driving force behind the Merseyside Air Quality Management Group for many years and represented Merseyside at Regional Air Quality Coordinator Group meetings nationally. He was also involved in the Merseyside Freight Quality Partnership and Merseyside Freight and Air Quality Technical Group looking at ways to reduce the impact of freight emissions on air quality and was responsible for securing a successful DEFRA air quality grant bid to establish an EcoStars Fleet Recognition Scheme in Sefton. Gary also had a significant input into the Local Transport Plan for Merseyside. A highly skilled communicator, Gary was always in demand to give presentations at air quality conferences and seminars throughout the UK. He was a committee member of the IAQM during our formative years and therefore contributed greatly to making the organuisation what it is today. He will be remembered by his many friends and colleagues as a dedicated professional whose outstanding and innovative work in the field of air quality management has left a lasting legacy. Gary was not only greatly respected for his achievements, but was a true gentleman, modest, with a great sense of humour, wit and intellect, who put others before himself and was liked by all who knew him. The IAQM offers its sincere condolences to Gary’s wife and family.