Alan Balfour's letter regarding Council elections is both saddening and misleading (NCE last week). The voting papers are accompanied by a brief biography of each candidate, together with an indication of their professional interests.
Subsequently, each candidate's photograph and election statement are published in NCE.
There is, therefore, a host of ways to determine your vote.
You may have particular concerns about the Council's age profile, or you might strongly believe that there ought to be more women on Council. You may consider the balance of consultants, contractors and academics or assess the value of a candidate's professional experience.
More simply, votes may be given to the candidates whose aspirations most closely match your own. Not knowing the candidates need have no bearing. On the contrary, we should hardly wish to have a Council consisting purely of those with the most friends in the Institution's membership.
Simon Stocks (M) Simon.Stocks@arup.com