[foundation-board] Fwd: Update on the Roles of Jonathan, Laura, Marcus and myself

Gavin Starks gavin at dgen.net
Wed Dec 19 15:45:25 UTC 2012

Thanks for the update - it would be useful (to me at least) to see this
represented in an org chart.
I realise this may go counter to the perception of flat, but I find them
geniunely useful.

Apologies I wasn't able to make the board meeting last week as it sounds
like it was very productive.

Shall we catch up in Jan for a debrief?

Merry Christmas all.


On 19 December 2012 11:28, Rufus Pollock <rufus.pollock at okfn.org> wrote:

> Hi All,
> I’ve just sent the below to our team after discussions with Laura,
> Marcus and Jonathan (this follows up the discussion at the board
> meeting last week). We felt it important to communicate something as
> soon as possible to the rest of the team, but, I would like to
> emphasize that exact titles and role descriptions of myself, Laura and
> Jonathan are something we’d obviously expect to discuss and confirm
> with the board in detail (hence “quoted” titles). This is something we
> will return to early in the New Year.
> All the best and very merry Christmas to you all,
> Rufus
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Rufus Pollock <rufus.pollock at okfn.org>
> Date: 19 December 2012 11:26
> Subject: Update on the Roles of Jonathan, Laura, Marcus and myself
> To: "staff at okfn.org" <staff at okfn.org>
> Dear All,
> I wanted to write to give you some updates on the roles of myself,
> Laura, Jonathan and Marcus.
> Laura will be coming on full time from January as ‘Co-Executive
> Director’ alongside me. We will share responsibility for day to day
> general management and organisational strategy, and be responsible for
> overall direction and operation of the organisation.
> Jonathan will be working closely with Laura, Rufus and the rest of the
> coordination team and wider organization overseeing areas such as our
> relationship with partners and key stakeholders; developing strategy
> and vision for the organization as a whole as well as for the units;
> coaching and mentoring team members especially on our vision and
> engaging with key stakeholders and the public; thought leadership,
> blogging, and representing the Foundation at events and meetings.
> Whilst Jonathan doesn’t have any line reports or a budget to manage,
> he will remain a critical part of our team along with Rufus and Laura.
> He will remain part time until he completes his PhD in 2013.
> Marcus will be stepping down from the executive team as of now, but
> will be continuing to work with the OKF in the new year. In particular
> Marcus will be working with Gavin to grow our professional services
> work, and also will be available to support and mentor heads of unit
> as needed. We are very grateful for all of Marcus’s work in 2012 in
> the executive team which has been highly professional and thoughtful,
> and especially in driving our strategic planning through the year, and
> look forward to working with him in the future.
> I will be continuing as ‘co-Executive Director’, helping to manage the
> organization along with Laura and set its direction along with Laura,
> Jonathan and all of you. Over the last 18 months I’ve been stepping
> back from day-to-day project management and that’s mostly complete.
> I’ll of course be helping or advising across the organization where
> needed but I’ll be focusing on “steering the ship” and empowering the
> team rather than directly doing or managing specific activities. (I’ll
> no doubt still be able to fit in the occasional piece of open data
> wrangling and coding on my evenings or weekends - just like any other
> community member! ;-)
> In the future you may hear people refer to the “coordination team”
> which consists of the heads of unit, co-executive directors, and
> Jonathan. The “Executive Team” will no longer exist.
> We’ve had a lot of change this year with the introduction of more
> formal structures and processes than we’ve had in the past. The aim of
> this is to facilitate us all to work together more smoothly as a
> virtual organization. We are and will remain a very flat,
> collaborative organization with lightweight management structures and
> practices so we can stay agile, whilst enabling us to grow as we have
> done in recent times.  We now have clearer lines of communication so
> it’s easier to know who to talk to, and so everyone knows who has
> responsibility for what - across the team.
> All the best,
> Rufus
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