Eyal, Michael: Thanks for the questions! Since a full reply is likely to be quite long, I’ll break up my answer and resequence so things flow better.
Same OSI, but I didn’t say I was currently on the Board - I said I am currently on the staff, where I am OSI’s director of standards & EU policy. But I did mention that I was on the Board. You’re getting confused by the fact Mr Meeks posted his question in reply to my candidate statement from 2017 and not my current statement!
I started as an observer when I was still at Sun, around 2008, and then was appointed as a director once I had left Sun. I served two full terms and was also board president twice. I “held the pen” while we switched OSI from being a small, activist board to being a staffed charity with a supervisory board. I was then asked to stay on after my term ended to continue the policy work I started as a volunteer in 2017. That’s my current “day job”.
In addition to business leadership and local community roles I’ve also served on several other non-profit boards over the last 20 years, (including TDF’s) as well as a standards association (Open Mobile Alliance).
That’s a hard question to answer generically - ultimately the board is where the buck stops, so it has to do whatever is needed to satisfy the mission of the incorporation it leads. When a board is operating dysfunctionally, which I have experienced before this, its work can be very time consuming indeed.
I’d say as a rule of thumb serving as a non-officer on a supervisory board takes around one day of work per board meeting. It can be less, but it’s rarely more. Certainly that’s the amount of compensation that paid boards tend to associate with non-executive directorships. If the workload is regularly much more than that, it’s a sign of dysfunction, as are over-frequent meetings. Obviously officers (chair, secretary etc) are likely to do more.
I believe so, yes, based on my two previous terms. I have another commitment that I believe is concluding at the start of the new year that should free enough time.
Yes, absolutely. TDF’s staff is both large and experienced and more than competent to run the organisation. Adding a product management role as I suggested in the video meetings would require expansion though. My vision for LibreOffice would probably require this.
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I’ll leave Q 4 & 7 for another post.