Last week's analysis rightly gave credit to Bobby Lambert for guiding RedR-IHE from its early days as a 'good idea' for engineers, to its present position as a widely respected provider of skills to the wider humanitarian world (NCE last week).
I was one of many who responded all those years ago to Peter Guthrie's 'good idea' and have known and supported Bobby since he began his development of the membership and skills needed for relief work. All of us involved with RedR-IHE wish him well.
There continues to be an important role for engineers in humanitarian relief, trained as we are in logistics, management and technical disciplines.
However, mobilising those skills requires commitment from all the parties involved.
Despite the recent upheavals, RedR-IHE's vision of a world with trained relief personnel available when needed lives on.
I hope we can all help to fulfil it.
Robert Hodgson (M), RedRIHE trustee, Uplowman, Tiverton EX16 7PF