He understands his Directors obligations, and he’s very careful never to breach Board confidentiality. How could he forget – apparently he is constantly being reminded of this! But confidentiality and representing your “voters” can co-exist – as is proven in businesses, Councils and Parliaments on a daily basis. e.g. If you get elected as a local Councillor or MP, then you are there to represent your constituents. If you don’t, then good luck getting elected next time round.
Unlike most other auDA Directors, Tim actually tries to communicate with those that voted for him. After all, is supposed to be a Demand Class representative. Apparently, this causes great consternation, shock and horror amongst the hierarchy at auDA.
As his friend, I’m still concerned that he is effectively being bullied and cold shouldered by some at auDA. I first wrote about this back in May.
The Pressure Must Be On
Tim does not live in a vacuum. He reads forums and blogs – and he talks to people. He is obviously aware of the S249D Members Meeting that has been called to remove the Chair (Stuart Benjamin). He understands that many Demand Class members want to see the Chair gone (as do a number of Supply Class members).
So Tim, if you think you might be breaching Board confidentiality if you don’t support the Chair, then rest assured you are not. That is your right. What can they do to you? Sack you? Good luck with that. As a Public Company (limited by guarantee), auDA has to follow the Corporations Act 2001. This is what the Australian Institute of Company Directors says:
Tim (and any other Director with good conscience), if you are being urged to support the Chair to show solidarity, then it is totally within your rights to refuse.
As with any matter, it is your obligation to speak up if you don’t agree with something.
There are many recent examples where some Directors within a Board of a membership organisation “stood up and were counted”. Here’s one article from The Australian to get you started.
“An investigation by the corporate regulator into crisis-ridden accountancy body CPA Australia is in full swing, with Australian Securities & Investments Commission officers conducting detailed interviews with members, The Australian has learned.”
You can also do what these Logan City Councillors did! Story courtesy of the ABC.
And if all else fails, invoke “whistleblower” protection – I believe auDA also has their own policy.
Ned O’Meara – 19th July 2017