[HOT] Stepping down from the HOT Board

Harry Wood mail at harrywood.co.uk
Fri Mar 6 02:27:36 UTC 2015


I will not be re-running for the HOT board this time around.

I decided it's time to step aside. I have the feeling there is a great bunch of enthusiastic members now, so I'm hopeful that I'll be making way for some good new talent.

Thanks to Joseph for urging people to get their nominations in. I'm glad to see that has spurred a few more people to do so. Some great candidates so far:
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM_Team/Board_Elections_2015
We'll need a few more people to put themselves forward. If you're thinking of it, there's not much time, but I'd be happy to chat to you about it if you're not sure.

And I recommend it! I've served on the board since mid 2011. Over the years we've had occasional drama, and other challenges, but on the whole it has been a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. More than that, it has been a huge honour to be elected into this position of leadership. HOT is made up of so many passionate dedicated folks, and thanks to some hard work by this team, HOT has an increasingly important place in the world. This has been clear to me in conversations with humanitarian groups who are using our maps to make a difference. And in such conversations it always filled me with pride to be able to say "I'm on the board of HOT".

We have a few more weeks with the existing board, and some difficult remaining things to work on. At the end of this month I'm ready to help a new board with taking over. Beyond that of course I shall continue with technical, community, and mapping contributions, and representing in London as HOT member.

Harry Wood



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