[foundation-board] OKI board recruitment - update & issues for decision

Jane Silber jane.e.silber at gmail.com
Thu May 10 20:04:14 UTC 2018

Hi -

Looks like there's a strong field to choose from - well done to Karin 
and Tim.

I'm a little confused about how to respond to be honest.  Karin says 
"Ideally we would obviously have both of you talk to all of them", but 
I'm not sure why that is ideal.  In my experience the value of further 
interviews declines dramatically after the first couple- little new 
information is learned, the candidate generally just repeats things 
already said, and it slows the process. If the goal is to give me a 
chance to input or to get my buy in or to allow me to sign off on the 
new board members, thank you! I appreciate that. But you've already got 
my buy in/sign off and I trust the combined wisdom of Karin and Tim.

If there's a tough call between 2 candidates and would like help 
breaking a tie, I'd be happy to help out. But I'm not sure I see value 
in my interviewing all the candidates the rest of the Board already 
prefers, particularly given my pending departure.

Let me know if I've gotten something wrong here


On 10/05/18 19:59, Tim Hubbard wrote:
> Dear Jane, Helen,
> It would be great to get some feedback on the questions below so Karin 
> and I can discuss how to proceed after last two interviews tomorrow 
> night and before Karin goes out of action.
> Best wishes,
> Tim
>> On 8 May 2018, at 18:09, Karin Christiansen 
>> <karin at karinchristiansen.org <mailto:karin at karinchristiansen.org>> wrote:
>> Dear Jane, Helen, Andrew, Mark and Paul
>> Tim, Shireen and I thought it would be good to give everyone *an 
>> board recruitment update, which is set out below.*  But the topline 
>> is it looks like we have some good people and an interesting and 
>> useful mix looks very possible.  Tim and I have interviewed 6 so far 
>> (but these came top of our longlisting), and have another 3 to go 
>> this week, andwill be able to put forward a formal proposal week 
>> commencing 14th May 2018.
>> However, I am probably out of action next week (have an operation on 
>> Monday, small but still not sure how I will be next week)so, _*Jane 
>> and Helen - ifwe still want the new Board members to be in place and 
>> attend our meeting on 12th June 2018, thenwe need your urgent 
>> feedback on:*_
>> 1. *Interview the final/proposed candidates. *Ideally we woule 
>> obviously have both of you talk to all of them but if we are looking 
>> at 4 people, that would involve a lot of logistics. Another options 
>> might be you speak to the ones neither of you know (that would be 
>> Jarmo I think at the moment and with the current top list), or both 
>> interview 2 each, maybe the people you don't know (for example that 
>> could be in current top list: Helen - Vicky and Ira, Jane- Johnny and 
>> Jarmu). What would you prefer and what availablity would you have 
>> next week ideally
>> 2. *Rufus *joining the Board - I think we are all on the same page 
>> about bringing him on. There are questions however including how do 
>> we manage that (clarity with him about his role and approach), and 
>> what does that mean in terms of numbers (see below), and does this 
>> change anything about the candidates/skills mix?
>> 3. *Numbers* - Are we agreed we looking for an 7 member board 
>> evenutally? If so we need to recruit 5 now to cover Jane's departure 
>> and evenutally mine too. We can always hire more, but we gettting rid 
>> is harder...
>> Many thanks
>> Karin
>> _Update as of today (we do more interivews this Thurs and Friday) - 
>> for info, we will have a formal proposal on 14th but thought you 
>> might want to have a look. _
>> 1. Rufus 2. Vicky Brock 
>> <https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SOGv0WHoB1gNumO2ZuLOtNuWghHaiW_K?usp=sharing> 
>> 3. Jarmo Eskelinen 
>> <https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Wet1lsPOtUm1p_Y7B2VuwR0WnNE6JZQm?usp=sharing> 
>> 4. Johnny West <https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnny-west-2509098/> 
>> 5.Irina Bolychevsky 
>> <https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/134cKvjoxfP5wkBO1GtMV1pBrXY7EBUIP?usp=sharing> 
>> Of the others interviewed, Cristian Parrino 
>> <https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1UxZhHGe1R36CZsXIyykWJun1WjUyesIQ?usp=sharing> 
>> and and Rob Minto 
>> <https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ofZraM3RDXX5DY0yqK9Op24HOaluI66V?usp=sharing> 
>> offer key commercial and communication expertise respectively and in 
>> addition to being possible candidates for the Board roles, could also 
>> be considered for advisory/consultancy type roles.
>> Irina does not have the same level of senior leadership experience 
>> that the other candidates have, however, she brings a deep 
>> understanding of the open sector, Open Knowledge itself and a fresh 
>> perspective on Open having operated at an international level and 
>> with Governments in this space.
>> Given the breadth of leadership and governance experience the current 
>> Board members possess, we believe we are well placed to take on and 
>> support one new member in their first governance role and can do so 
>> with Irina. This issue also applies to Rufus of course but in a 
>> rather different way.
>> Of the others, Cristian Parrino 
>> <https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1UxZhHGe1R36CZsXIyykWJun1WjUyesIQ?usp=sharing> 
>> and and Rob Minto 
>> <https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ofZraM3RDXX5DY0yqK9Op24HOaluI66V?usp=sharing> 
>> offer commercial and communication expertise respectively and in 
>> addition to being possible candidates for the Board roles, could also 
>> be considered for advisory/consultancy type roles.
>> We have another three candidates to interview are:
>> 1.Alice Wiegand 
>> <https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1NGXvDEbMFqnRGfZTqT3cV4O87T6bHMC4?usp=sharing> 
>> 2. Vanessa Barnett 
>> <https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1pW2u_cPNO0fiXf4Pr1JRyCcq15L5b-mh?usp=sharing> 
>> 3. Adam Burns 
>> <https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-DfSXXxEkziIjD9_LQgZrEusNriiTMyc?usp=sharing>
>> -- 
>> *--------*
>> Karin Christiansen
>> karin at karinchristiansen.org <mailto:karin at karinchristiansen.org>
>> 07816839533
>> @_karin_c
>> Karin16b
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