[Osmf-talk] Chairman

Nick Black nick at blacksworld.net
Mon Aug 3 13:22:33 UTC 2009

Good question, Richard.

I would be happy to be Chairman, if I was nominated by other Board  
members, or by the community.  However, I don't intend to put myself  
forward for the position right now.

A good Chairman needs to have earned the respect and trust of the  
Board and the community they serve.  They need to have a broad  
overview of affairs - probably not getting too bogged down in one  
matter or working group, but helping put discussion from other working  
groups into context.  They are also the figure head of the community -  
so they need to be able to represent themselves and the project in  
public.  Most importantly they need to keep driving a vision of the  
project - a vision that they should keep in check with the community  
at all times.  I think these are the core qualities.  Chairmen can  
also be driving forces behind day to day things, like getting minutes  
done, driving meeting agendas, checking deliverables from other Board  
members and working groups - but I don't think these qualities have to  
be in a chairman, so long as they are present in other members of the  

So I've totally dodged you question ;-)  As an OSM-F member, I'd like  
to hear some more from the other members and Board members about what  
they are looking for in a Board members, and whether they intend to  


On 3 Aug 2009, at 12:17, Richard Fairhurst wrote:

> In the Articles of Association, this bit talks about how the Chairman
> is chosen:
>> The Board shall from time to time elect a Chairman who shall be
>> entitled to preside at all meetings of the Board at which he shall
>> be present, and may determine for what period he is to hold office
> The Chairman is an important role as he/she gets a casting vote in
> meetings and the final say on the eligibility of voters. More
> generally, they have the chance to influence discussions as the person
> who chairs the meetings, and will also be seen as the public face of
> OSM.
> Steve has, of course, been OSMF Chairman for a three-year term which
> is now up.
> Could the candidate directors say:
> - whether they would like, or be willing, to serve as Chairman?
> - or, if not, do they have any views on who they would propose for  
> the role?
> cheers
> Richard
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Nick Black
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