Board Fee, Size & Skills & Other things that go bump in the night...
I would like to strongly support several points raised in the Independent review recently released for comment: 1) Board Fees - I concur that the Board must be paid a fee for their service. There is clearly extensive work involved and, without a fee, we risk limiting membership of the Board to people of independent means or people who have the strong support of their employers and the associated potential conflict of interest. Individual Board members can always decline payment or they could have it paid directly to their employer to compensate for the individual's time away from their core activities. 2) Board Size - While a smaller Board would be more efficient, I am not convinced that it would be any more effective at this stage in ICANN's life and with the extensive challenges the organisation and the community it services face. 3) Board Skills - The Board should give the NomCom a very clear idea of the skills of the existing members and the optimal skills balance. A similar approach should be taken with regards to gender, geography, age, native tongue, and, no doubt, astrological balance. 4) Allocation to Staff - I also concur that the Board should allocate far more activities to Staff. The meeting site selection, for example, should not be a Board decision. Set the parameters and let the staff do their job. 5) Conflicts of Interest - Missing from the Executive Summary, I believe given the nature of the organisation, all the Director's other interests should be publicly listed to ensure that any potential conflicts of interest can be identified by their colleagues and the constituencies. These high conflict standards should also apply to Officers and staff. Don Hollander Partner - www.bookhaven.co.nz Father of Four, Husband of One