[foundation-board] Engaging a PA/Admin Assistant: Nearing a Decision

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Mon Jul 12 10:45:48 UTC 2010

On 12 July 2010 11:24, Ian Brown <ian.brown at oii.ox.ac.uk> wrote:
> On 12 Jul 2010, at 11:20, Rufus Pollock wrote:
>> What is it you are concerned about here?
> OKF and its directors attracting all kinds of legal liability through being careless about its statutory responsibilities. I really am not willing to take the risk of being a director of such a company. We need to sort this out.

What statutory responsibilities in relation to the JISC project are
you worried about exactly?

Independently of the answer to this question I have two suggestions:

1. On the JISC open bibliography: proceed on the basis that for the
area in which I am directly engaged (the project management) I shall
be solely responsible. Should I wish to donate monies to the OKF or
otherwise that will be my perogative. Obviously the OKF is also a
partner on this project (JISC speak for someone giving (free)
resources to the project -- not indicating administrative or financial
responsibility) but given that the OKF is providing material pro-bono
the project I do not see any great problem here -- please correct me
if i am wrong.

2. On the PA/Admin Assistant: we remove this entirely from the OKF
remit by proceeding on the basis that I personally will engage and pay
for this person for the next 6 months. They will probably spend most
of their time on OKF matters but no compensation from the OKF will be
expected. At the end (or even during) this period the board can
re-examine this matter and decide on what basis they wish to proceed
(I can obviously recuse myself from participation in this decision if
that is thought necessary).


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