All members just received this newsletter blast from auDA. It concerns the appointment of Dr Michaella Richards (late last year) as a Demand Class Director to replace the duly elected Miguel Wood who resigned.
The probity of this recruitment has been questioned in recent times, and was raised by a few members at the Special Members Meeting on Monday 31st July. Cameron Boardman (CEO) and Erhan Karabardak (Deputy Chair) both said her appointment was totally above board.
David Goldstein from DomainPulse summed the situation up beautifully in this article.
Tonight’s auDA newsletter seeks to excruciatingly try and defend the indefensible. Unbelievable – they haven’t learnt a thing from Monday.
Questions For auDA
Given that you’ve now pledged that you’re listening to members, and that communication would improve from last Monday, can you please answer the following:
Your statement today says “Statement by the auDA Board regarding Dr Michaella Richards, Non-Executive Director“.
♦ Was this a unanimous decision; or a majority decision; or a decision by a quorum of Directors? Did you have any dissenting Board members?
♦ Who from auDA actually put Dr Michaella Richards on the interview list for the position? She must have been suggested by someone who knew of her?
♦ Did Cameron Boardman put her name forward for consideration? Or suggest to her that she put her name forward?
♦ Was the current CEO (Cameron Boardman) in effective control of Dr Michaella Richards when they both worked for the Victorian Government? The facts say yes.
– Cameron Boardman – Executive Director, Innovation, Technology & Industry Programs – State Government of Victoria
– Michaella Richards – Director, Innovation & Technology Research/Programs – State Government of Victoria
♦ Did Cameron Boardman interview Dr Richards for the position – along with the ex-Chair (Stuart Benjamin)? He was asked this question at the SGM last Monday, and his answer was “I don’t believe I did”. This is on audio tape.
The October auDA Minutes say differently.
Not a good look auDA. To the innocent bystander (pub test), your CEO seems to have had an “unbelievable or unexplainable” lapse of memory with regards his former subordinate.
As I said in an earlier article today, no one – least of all me – is casting any doubts on Dr Richards integrity and character. She would probably make an excellent “Independent Director”. However, members just want to know how and why she was appointed when she had little or no “Demand Class” experience?
You should both consider your positions. Seriously.
Ned O’Meara – 7th August 2017