Future RIBA presidents could be paid a salary to attract more candidates to the post. The issue, debated in a previous issue of the AJ (editorial, 21.11.01), is being considered by council. Member Julian Owen argued in favour, claiming that the cost of the election process and the demands on the time of the president once in office excluded a number of appropriate candidates. Butex-president Rod Hackney opposed the proposal. And Valerie Owen said it would mean an 'unacceptable cultural change' that would lead to the 'detriment' of the institute. Exdirector general Alex Reid said the arguments in favour outweighed any possible disadvantages, and voiced concern that potential candidate Richard Murphy was citing cost as his reason for not standing for the next presidency.