It is with a high sigh of relief that I learned of Brian Godfrey's attempt to stand for president, and that at last someone from the outback has dared to take on the might of the larger London practices which appear to dominate RIBA thinking and from where all our illustrious presidents apparently come.
I found David Rock's time as president far too short from my own point of view as a small practitioner. I was pleased to be asked to serve on his panel of small practice advisors and saw first hand the battle which he was waging for the cause of the small practice, which is, in fact, the majority of practices. In that regard I can be pleased to say we did our best but, alas, in this politically correct world in which we reside it would seem that the voice of the minority far outweighs that of the majority.However, I sincerely hope Brian Godfrey may now be in a position to redress some of the tremendous imbalance which has developed.
This is not unsubstantiated bias on my part - for the greater part of my career I was in a big London practice and know only too well how the 'club'works.
It is more than time for a change and the undemocratic element referred to in Godfrey's statements reminds me how out of touch RIBA headquarters has become. I have offered to help in the task of raising nominations for Godfrey and I hope this letter will help persuade those who bother to read this of the need for their backing as well (unless you are a big practice partner, that is).
Roy Stone, Roy Stone Design Practice