Hi, I have recently been appointed to a newly created HOF position, managing several departments as well as remaining as HOD of my own (in a secondary school). This was an internally advertised post and all of the other HODs applied - I was surprised but very pleased to get the job, but as you can imagine it has been a contravesial appointment, with some HODs none too keen on having a HOF 'above' them. The difficulty comes in the fact that officially this role will not commence until September - I am still just known as HOD this year and will not be paid until the new academic year. I am stuck in a 'limbo' period where some of the staff who will now be managed by me (not HODs, but classroom teachers and technicians) are starting to e-mail me about decisions or conraversial decisions made by SMT or by their own HOD. So far I have not got involved although in September I would be, obviously. Everyone now knows that I am moving into this post but it has been stated clearly to the staff that this re-structuring will not be in place until September and I know the existing HODs will be keen to keep it at bay for as long as possible! I would like to get started now. This is going to be a challenging role, with HODs reluctant to 'join up' and with one in particular already being difficult and personally feeling very affronted that she was not appointed (having been in the school for a long time). I feel like I should start acting as a HOF (in terms of speaking to staff) and I would also like to hold a pre-Faculty meeting to outline my aims for the new role and to get us all to start thinking about how we can become collegiate in our approach - I have lots of ideas. I also think a meeting would be a good opportunity to show that a) I have a vision for the Faculty and b) I have no intention of interferring or 'ruling with a rod of iron' - as I think is the perception. Of course I am aleady formulating ideas, policies etc. for the new role, but these are being done in my own time. Understandably all the HODs are highly protective of their own area (although nothing in their job description has changed) and have been used to working in a very insular manner. To summarise - should I - or can I take action now to start fulfiling this HOF role? I do not want to 'tread on any toes' but at the same time will my Head be expecting me to act now, even without being paid for the extra work? Many thanks.