I'm not quite sure what you mean by "on the hook": If the IET makes a costly mistake in refurbishing Savoy Place and wishes to recover that money from members then it puts its fees up, and we can then decide not to pay them and to leave the IET. No-one can demand the extra money from us, and no-one can force us to stay as members!
More to the point, as a charity the IET has strict rules governing its conduct in administrative and financial affairs, which gives clear processes for raising concerns. So if you feel that yourself and "plenty of (other) members" have serious concerns about this programme then you are most likely to get a result by following those procedures. Posting on these forums is not the best process by a long way. And there is no point waiting for the IET to approach you, as from their point of view it is not for the members to vet every decision, that is what the staff, council and trustees are for.
Regarding various statements you have made in this thread regarding the IET staff and and their contracted engineers please also note the conditions of use of these forums:
5. Messages, whether posted by IET members or others, should comply with the relevant sections of the Institution's rules of conduct. This includes, but is not limited to, those rules that concern objectiveness, concern for the reputation of others, declaration of interest, and the making of statements outside one's area of professional expertise. In the context of a discussion forum, this stipulation is not intended to prevent the offering of informal suggestions, provided that it is clear on what basis these are made. Under no circumstances may defamatory statements be made in these forums. The use of swearing, or of offensive language or links, is not in the spirit of the rules and will not be permitted.
P.S. I should add that there are many, many things that the IET does as a body which I do not personally agree with (or at least where I wouldn't do it that way), but as a member you have to make a personal decision as to whether you want to spend the time sitting on the central committees, or else you accept that it's their problem. In any case, there is always more than one way to run any organisation: after all, why refurbish SP at all? Or why not sell it for immediate income? Or turn it into a hotel to raise more revenue long term? Or have many smaller meeting rooms? If the IET considered every members opinion and question on every possibility they'd never do anything at all (even worse value for money), which is why the majority of organisations run with the type of executive structure the IET has. Yes of course you need a "safety net" process for when questionable decisions get made, but I think anyone who has been anywhere near the IETs bureaucrocy would agree that there are a plethora of systems for this!
Andy Millar CEng MIET CMgr MCMIhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/millarandy
"The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress." Joseph Joubert
17 January 2013 at
05:33 PM by