Yesterday, Stuart Benjamin resigned as an Independent Director and Chair of auDA.
The momentum for a protest vote from members was well and truly in evidence – particularly after auDA had summarily invalidated 3 out of 4 members resolutions. The only option available for members to express their outrage at the lack of communication, transparency and proper process was to send a message via voting to remove him as a Director.
And those proxies came in like a king tide! For a summary of how the last couple of days unfolded, have a read of the updates section on Grumpy.com.au.
In my opinion, Stuart should have realised the inevitable, and resigned earlier to avoid the cost (to members) of a Special General Meeting. But it is what it is. The meeting is still going ahead, and this will give members an opportunity to quiz the CEO and Board during “other business” (Item 3 of the meeting agenda).
Thank you to every single member that gave us their support in this cause. And I’m talking both Supply and Demand Class! It shows that auDA is indeed a membership organisation, and that should never be forgotten by those in power. All we ever wanted was transparency, communication, and proper processes. The Board and management at auDA forced us to take this action by not observing these basic principles.
A special thank you to the team behind this campaign – all are auDA members who cared enough to get involved and put their time and effort in to make this a reality. Ian, Scott, Josh, Craig, David – you have my extreme gratitude. As does my son Luke (also an auDA member) – he was responsible for the Grumpy.com.au site and the MailChimp email campaign to members. And there are others that don’t seek the limelight who also need to be thanked. You know who you are!
To Stuart Benjamin
Thank you sincerely for all your service to auDA.
Whilst I realise that you have taken this campaign to remove you as an Independent Director and Chair as a personal attack, the fact is it was never “personal”. Your resignation announcement yesterday contains quite a few barbs and inaccuracies, but today is not the day to deal with those.
As members, we were simply dismayed at some of the things happening under your watch. Many members believe that it is the CEO who should be held responsible for some of the strange things that have occurred over the past year. However, we couldn’t interfere in management of auDA – only the Board could do that.
So as Chair, the buck did have to stop with you. That’s corporate responsibility.
I genuinely wish you well Stuart. At least now you will have more time to devote to your businesses and family – so maybe we have inadvertently done you a favour.
Ned O’Meara – 29th July 2017