For nearly thirty years, including seven years of war-time, I had no contact with the Institution headquarters except by post and through reading-or trying to read-the journal. In early days I knew only one name: Major Maitland, and I wondered but never understood what went on at 'headquarters'. How did 'they' decide whether or not I was to achieve my ambition to become a fully-fledged structural engineer? One realized that Major Maitland did not do all the work himself and that even given a President, elected yearly, the two of them must have a large body of assistance, both from the members themselves and from some sort of secretariat, to handle all the business-not fully understood by me of a major professional institution.
Peter S. Rhodes