The piece on the Engineering Council senate and the Engineering & Technology Board (NCE 20 September) does not accurately reflect the full proposals for setting up an ETB and a new regulatory board (NRB) to take over and expand the work of the Engineering Council.
First, there is no question of government having too much influence in the new bodies.
The proposals do not envisage a government seat on the board of ETB, and indeed suggest the government funding should be largely directed towards specific projects and activities, rather than an overall 'core support' for the organisation.
The initial core of the ETB will be selected by a group of six, three of whom will come from the shadow board, to ensure continuity and an understanding of the background. However, three will be wholly 'independent assessors', from outside the SETB framework.
Moreover, the proposed composition of the board of ETB will ensure there is proper representation from all main sectors of the 'wider engineering and technology community', at the highest level and based on merit.
By creating the NRB the profession is guaranteed continuing self-regulation, but within a far better structure, allowing full engagement by institutions. Two thirds of the NRB board will come directly from the institutions, while the remaining third will ensure lay representation, in line with modern practice in the other senior professions. Again, government has no direct role.
All of these details can be accessed on the ETB's website www. engc. org. uk/etb David Worskett, executive director, ETB unit, c/o Engineering Council 10 Maltravers Street, London WC2R 3ER