TEN FEWER members will sit on the ICE's ruling Council after a shake-up of the Institution's governance was agreed last week.
At the last meeting to be presided over by outgoing president Gordon Masterton, Council unanimously agreed to cut its size from 54 to 44 members.
ICE vice president David Orr proposed the changes and said: 'This is a massive change for the institution, and it's great we got it through rst time.' He added that the governance working group had been careful to ensure the new size and make up of Council would maintain the necessary checks and balances.
As well as the change in the number of members on Council (see box), the election process for regional council members has been opened up to all.
At present, candidates for election as regional council members are nominated by the regional committee.
Orr said that while this had worked well in the past, there was a risk that it could exclude some able candidates and offer a narrower choice to the voting members.
As a result, Council agreed that in future nominations, regional candidates should be sought from all voting members in the particular region.
The proposed by-law changes are necessary for the new structure of Council and will be brought to the December 2006 Council meeting, so that ICE Members can vote on them next year.
If approved, this would allow the new Council structure to be implemented for the November 2007 session.
Other changes, such as establishing the Terms of Reference for the UK Regional Affairs Committee or nalising the Rules of Conduct for Council Members will be put to Council for approval later in the next session.
'We hope that the whole process will be largely complete by November 2007, ' said Orr.