The auDA AGM was held in Melbourne on Monday afternoon. The meeting itself was well attended; and the Christmas drinks afterwards were particularly popular. It was great to catch up with Directors and staff of the auDA, plus fellow members. Also made some new friends.

To document the outcomes of the meeting, I quote from the auDA’s follow up newsletter to members:


All general resolutions on the agenda were carried. The meeting elected two Supply Class directors and two Demand Class directors.

The election results were as follows:

Supply Class

Gavin Collins 3 votes

James Deck 4 votes

George Pongas 18 votes

Kartic Srinvasan 17 votes

George Pongas and Kartic Srinivasan elected.

Demand Class

Paul Levins 15 votes

Holly Raiche 11 votes

Josh Rowe 16 votes

Grant Wiltshire 48 votes

Miguel Wood 60 votes

Grant Wiltshire and Miguel Wood elected.


Congratulations to all successful candidates – and commiserations to those that didn’t get elected.

On a personal level, I was disappointed to see Paul Levins leave the Board. I believe he has been a great Demand Class Director.

However, I’m very excited to have Grant and Miguel elected in “Demand”. They are both switched on and motivated guys, and I’m sure they will do us proud. There has been some Board “renewal”. 🙂

Other Business

As most people that attended would know, I was extremely disappointed by the attitude of the CEO towards my questions to the Board. Also the manner and order that they were dealt with. I felt that I was shut down yet again by him.

The meeting was also formally closed before I had the opportunity to ask my remaining questions. Whether this was because he didn’t want the questions on the Minutes? I’m not sure.

The fact is I had actually emailed the questions to the auDA last Friday at their suggestion.

Anyway, I have since received a personal and written apology from the CEO, and I thank him for that. However, it doesn’t detract from the fact that I was “shut down”, and didn’t have the opportunity to ask about what I believe are extremely important issues (facilitating and encouraging more memberships; and making more of an effort to inform existing registrants of what are potentially major changes ahead).

I guess there is always next year! Hopefully these type of situations will be averted in future, and members will be encouraged to ask questions of the Board and their elected representatives.

3 thoughts on “auDA AGM

  • December 2, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    What were your questions?

    PS happy birthday to the worlds oldest domainer ?

    • December 2, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      My first two questions revolved around:

      Better communication with registrants – particularly in regards to major changes.

      What initiatives can be put in place to encourage more “Demand” members?

      I then got shut down, and so decided not to ask my third question which was about Board renewal / Directors terms etc.

      Thanks for birthday wishes. 🙂

  • December 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    These guys on these boards dont want to answer questions they are happy to keep going as is they dont care they earn there money and the old saying is true to most things in life you dont rock the boat . And you my friend rock that boat and they wont like that

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