As chairman of the QUEST committee I was disappointed to note that Nicola Humble, one of this year's recipients of a QUEST award, does not yet have a mentor (Letters, NCE 21 April).
Those readers fortunate to have had a mentor during the early stages of their career will know how valuable this can be. Anyone who has acted as a mentor will also know it can be a hugely rewarding experience which is not too demanding on their time.
Last year a record number of 61 QUEST awards were made, and one of the consequences of expanding the award scheme has been the need to increase the pool of mentors willing to take on this important role.
ICE Members and Fellows were alerted to the need for more mentors and asked to consider taking on the role in an ICExtra article on 19 November 2004. This generated 13 offers which have been followed up.
From September, the QUEST programme will become regional (NCE 7 April). More awards will be made and more mentors needed. Anyone interested in finding out more about becoming a QUEST mentor should contact the QUEST executive on (020) 7665 2193 or email: Marcia. firstname.lastname@example.org. uk Professor Adrian Long, chairman, QUEST, ICE, 1 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA