There have been a few things happening at auDA, so it’s time to do another “snippets”.
2017 Policy Review Panel (PRP)
As I wrote on September 12th, this kicks off in Melbourne next week. In the view of many, this is THE most important panel that auDA has had in a long time. And I’m thrilled to be part and parcel of it as the “Demand Class” representative.
I will not be blogging or commenting on the machinations and activities of the PRP, but what I can say is that I’m very impressed with the organisation and planning to date. It augurs well for a constructive panel.
♦ Rachael Falk was supposed to leave auDA at the end of June, but apparently she either came back or stayed on for a couple of months. However, I have had it confirmed that she has now definitely left.
♦ Helen Hollins (Director Communications, Marketing & Engagement) has left auDA. Not sure exactly when this happened, but I think it was in August.
Given that we were told that Helen was responsible for the new auDA website (which has supposedly been in the works for a long time), I’m not sure who is looking after that now? Or who is doing the media and membership announcements?
Resignation Of Auditors
Last week, we were advised that auDA’s long standing auditors had resigned. Given that they were only re-appointed at the November 2016 AGM, this has led to a lot of speculation as to the reasons behind this. It would be good if someone from auDA could be more forthcoming. I can imagine there will be lots of questions about this at this year’s AGM.
Given the Cameron Ralph Report last year, and the recommendation that the Chair of auDA be an Independent Director, I was surprised to see Erhan Karabardak appointed as Interim Chair. Particularly given that he is a “Supply Class” Director.
There is still one remaining Independent Director (Sandra Hook). Was she offered the interim position? If so, did she decline?
I understand that there may be a number of special resolutions put up at the next AGM in November. Things like a proposed Code of Conduct – and some long overdue changes to the outdated Constitution. Many changes should have members support. However, given what happened at last year’s AGM (when a special resolution was voted down by Demand Class), it would be my constructive advice to put up the proposed resolutions long before the AGM to get some feedback. As I wrote last year in “Why auDA Lost The Vote”:
“If you take the voters / members for granted; and you don’t sell the case properly; don’t expect to get your agenda passed.”
Who Said This?
To end on some fun, here are some past candidate statements from prospective “Demand Class” directors. Can you guess who said them?
And this one?
Go on – have a guess!
Ned O’Meara – 19th September 2017