Property management consultant and Velocity comrade Neil Webster (pictured, right) is standing for election to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Governing Council this week, hoping to bring his bike-friendly outlook to bear on the organisation's policy formation.
"I'd like to influence the evolution of the RICS over the coming years," he told Velocity. "I feel it needs to continue to respond to the changing real estate landscape. RICS doesn't have a direct influencing on cycling, [but] it does need to respond to the needs for more sustainable travel in cities. Cycling is one of those modes of travel."
Here's a piece Neil wrote for the excellent JustRideTheBike website, on Brompton-unfriendly offices. Governing Council is RICS' global governing body, describing itself as: "looking for individuals who can demonstrate enthusiasm, ambition and a global outlook as well as knowledge and experience of setting strategy with demonstrable, positive outcomes, and the ability to oversee and where necessary challenge progress towards achieving that strategy."
"I am the voice of the SME," said Webster, founder of CycloConsulting and a specialist in public sector asset management strategies. "I am a representative of the public sector and very involved in helping younger surveyors to qualify and find their way in the profession. I also firmly believe in the diversity agenda with real estate. It's not just words for me."
RICS members vote via an email from the Electoral Reform Society. Good luck Neil.