The letter from Alex Watts (NCE 19 February) asks whether the membership should be asked to approve the ICE business plan. The plan was approved by Council in December 2003 having been developed and discussed throughout the year by Council and the Executive Board.
It is of course important that members have the opportunity to vote on key issues as allowed for in the bylaws. Council has now approved the plan for projects to implement the revitalisation of the Institution.
Any major change arising out of these will be brought to Council for approval, and if required, to the membership for agreement.
Council has noted the financial framework to enable the business plan to proceed, but it has not yet approved the rates of members' subscriptions for the forthcoming years. In May, Council will debate and set rates for 2005 subscriptions and in March 2005 it will set rates for 2006, at which point any changes must be put to a membership vote.
Council is elected by the membership to govern the Institution on their behalf.
All members have the opportunity each year to stand for Council - indeed, candidates are being sought now for the 2004 election.
For further details contact patrick. griffin@ice. org. uk or (020) 7665 2077.
Tom Foulkes, director general, ICE, 1 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA