A job of many parts
She will be, she says, very much her own woman.
Tricia Marwick, that is - the new presiding officer in Scotland's Parliament.
From me, the very warmest congratulations to the new PO.
She has been a hard-working, dedicated player in Holyrood from the very earliest days - as a list, then constituency MSP, as a committee convener and as a parliamentarian.
She now ascends to an exceptionally challenging job.
Part diplomat, part referee, part boss, part servant of the public, part politician, part social host, part constitutional lawyer.
The PO does much more than hose down excitable MSPs during questions to the First Minister.
She has to ensure the smooth running of parliament - and rule upon whether proposed legislation exceeds devolved powers.
She has to represent Holyrood - and Scotland - to the world: including to the other Holyrood, the palace.
Adding to these challenges, another one was immediately thrust in Tricia Marwick's direction this afternoon. Will she be even-handed?
She has been a forceful advocate for the SNP's cause both inside and outwith Holyrood.
Now she stands down from her party - and has to adjudicate upon MSPs from all strands of opinion.
No problem, she says. She has already carried out such work in parliament's cross-party bodies. She will bring strict neutrality to her new task.
Labour is not directly contesting that - but rather questioning whether the outcome sits comfortably with Alex Salmond's assertion that he intends to involve all sides of the political divide at Holyrood, with his statement that he has a majority - not a monopoly of wisdom.
Nationalists note three points. That this election was a free vote, not whipped.
That David Steel was PO in the first parliament, while his party was in government.
And that Tricia Marwick has a strong record in promoting the interests of parliament, not government.
The new PO told me she will very much stand up for the rights of backbenchers and parliament as a whole.
She also has one more ambition: to engender better behaviour at Holyrood.
Loadsaluck with that one.