Prof. Anita K. Simonds is Professor of Respiratory & Sleep Medicine at the National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London, and Honorary Consultant in Respiratory & Sleep Medicine at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. She has a long-term research interest in non-invasive ventilation, respiratory sleep disorders, and ventilatory support in adults and children. She is President of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) 2020-2021. She worked frontline weaning severe COVID-19 patients from invasive ventilation in the first wave and is a member of the European Medicines Agency COVID-19 Task Force, regulating new vaccines and therapies for SARS-CoV-2. A particular focus for her ERS presidential year is evaluating digital approaches in respiratory and sleep medicine.