[foundation-board] Nomination of Tim Hubbard to the Board

Gavin Starks gavin at dgen.net
Sat Nov 3 22:09:48 UTC 2012

Hi Rufus / all

I have no background of the rationale here, so I have no opinion as yet.

My immediate questions are more general (apologies in advance if I have
missed something):

1) Objectives: What are the objectives of the board for the next 6-12
2) Size: Given its objectives, what is its optimal size for the next 6-12
3) Skills: Assuming that there is a need or a gap, what skills are the
board seeking to bolster?
4) Timing: Given these 3 points, do we need to bolster the board now? What
are the outcomes if we do?
5) Candidate: Assuming we have a candidate, who else is on our shortlist,
and what are all their profiles?

I'm sure there are answers to these questions, but I don't feel I have
visibility of them at this time.

I would like to propose that a discussion happens between the board members
before any formal nominations are made.
To facilitate that discussion, we need a written summary of these points to
be circulated, and a call arranged. We can then move to formally nominate
at the next board meeting.

Best wishes,


On 3 November 2012 09:58, Rufus Pollock <rufus.pollock at okfn.org> wrote:

> Hi All,
> I would like formally to nominate Tim Hubbard to join the board. As
> this requires a board vote and this will be on list it requires full
> participation. Reply to this email in the affirmative would count as a
> positive vote (and vice-versa).
> Note that list emails are archived so if you have something to say
> that you would not want recorded (for, say, Tim to see if he does
> join) please send that off-list to board members.
> Regards,
> Rufus
> ## Background
> There has been previous discussion, at least one-to-one of asking Tim
> Hubbard (currently a member of the Advisory Board) to join the main
> board. I have sounded Tim out on this and he would be interested.
> Tim bio: http://www.sanger.ac.uk/research/faculty/thubbard/
> Tim is the Board of Management representative for Bioinformatics. He
> leads the Vertebrate Genome Analysis Project, which generates and
> presents core vertebrate genome annotation and maintains the reference
> genome sequences.
> Personal note: Tim himself has extensive background in related
> (academic) sector that includes significant managerial
> responsibilities as well as experience on relevant non-profit boards
> such as KEI and I think he would make an excellent addition to the
> board.
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