mike at ayeltd.biz
Tue Aug 4 12:36:37 UTC 2009
At 01:17 PM 3/08/2009, Richard Fairhurst wrote:
>In the Articles of Association, this bit talks about how the Chairman
>> 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
>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?
I also believe that this is something that should be achieved by board consensus after the elections. In board meetings I have often found that board members come up with criteria or observations that I had never thought of.
For me personally, I am with Henk, the top criteria is the face of the organisation. Therefore, if I were at the meeting and got to start, I would propose Steve if he is willing. Gosh, there, I have said it. He founded OSM, is firmly committed to its ideals and regularly promotes it around the world. Hey, and he was just voted one of the top 3 most influential people in the geospatial industry over the next five years  along with Jack Dangermond (ESRI), and (collectively) Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Ed Parsons. Who are those other guys?
On a side note, the role of Secretary is also important for being official point of contact, arranging meetings, following up action items etc rather than the Chairperson. I believe British law no longer requires such a formal position but I believe it important for us to continue.
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