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Hi, I'm standing for the Nominet elected Non Executive Director role this year

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Anne Taylor, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. Siusaidh United Kingdom

    Siusaidh Active Member

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    I understand that, Ben and Alex, and thank you for engaging.

    But should Registry and Registrars be their own gatekeepers? I've seen how that alliance works with ICANN, and it seems like it could be a recipe for favouring the provider rather than the service user.

    Agreed, most of the public don't care how the system works, but I feel that's a broad generalisation.

    I just don't think the UK namespace should be a club for registrars and the registry. It's a bit like the NHS, where there is patient representation on selection boards (I do that myself).

    The system ought to be person-centred on the actual users. What I see is an industry clique.

    Let me put it this way: are you satisfied that Nominet works well, and that there's independent voice and critique at work in its operations?
     
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  3. inteldigital

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    I think Nominet is pretty rogue at the moment. It worries me, being tied to a company who's sole interest seems to revolve around money.
     
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    Edwin Well-Known Member Exclusive Member

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    No. Biggest letdown ever, in my opinion.
     
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  5. Edwin

    Edwin Well-Known Member Exclusive Member

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    Which is one of the reasons you won't find me there any more.
     
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  6. monaghan United Kingdom

    monaghan Moderator Staff Member

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    The problem is that the Internet has evolved far beyond the simple communications network I started using in the 1980's (anyone else remember telnet, gopher and no www!), the structures are not owned by anyone and without a complete rip it out and start again, we have no option other than to keep the structures we have. Before Nominet (for those of us that remember that far back), it was a bunch of self appointed people doing their best in their spare time!

    The system is not ideal, however, even back in the 1990's nobody predicted how the Internet would take off.

    I'm not against making it more open / accountable, however, I don't think it's as simple as you suggest.
     
  7. Anne Taylor United Kingdom

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    I started quite the thread it appears. Sorry for the delay coming back to you on the various points, but I’ll do my best to address them…

    I did join the forum to introduce myself and I guess yes, I am asking for votes, but also to encourage people to use their vote. Domains aren't our core business, and I don't look after that side of our business, so I don't particularly think I could add much to the conversations so forgive me for joining to set out my stall.

    I added some information to our website for ease, as it’s not behind passwords or ERS logins, I really don’t expect people to then have a look at our site, it was just a handy place to put the info.

    I am Director of a small registrar, and as I say domains aren't our core business, but we still remain a business in the sector and so I hope I can bring a different perspective to the Board. I want to engage with members and understand the frustrations and issues, but I do also understand how a board works and some of the limitations.

    I can’t walk into a board meeting and demand changes, and nor would I want to - being a part of a board is about getting things done at a strategic high level, and I appreciate this method doesn’t sit well with everyone, and some people feel the role is pointless. I get that; I don't agree.

    I hope I do bring something different to the board and I’ve tried to outline it, but I’m surprised with how many personal comments I've read, rather than comments around the role, saying I’m a puppet, a Nominet monkey, passive aggressive, and paying lip service. But that's opinions, they're like... everyone's got one. You get the gist.

    There’s mention of money - I think the role demands more than 30 days and I’d want to give it more time than that anyway, learning, prepping and engaging are more than the travelling to and attending board meetings. Like being a business owner, I don’t think you fully switch off as a board member. Sure I might pay a few bills if I got elected, but that’s really not a factor for standing, and it shouldn’t be a driver for anyone wanting to stand.

    The ‘ordinary user’ concept is an interesting one, the normal internet consumers. I’m not sure there’s an awareness of the backbone of .uk and how it works, and I think interest would be limited, so long as people can get on the sites they want, safely and without spam, they're quite happy that the internet is doing what it needs to for them.

    People not voting isn’t going to solve anything, more likely let Nominet evolve in the way you’re determined you don’t want it to go (or believe it’s gone already).

    Nominet is a membership organisation and engagement is at its heart. I know some members are disgruntled but I really hope voting for a small member NED candidate like me might go some way to making a change.

    I know there’s plenty of people hoping I’ll make rallying statements about sweeping changes, but just rest assured I’m not a yes man, I’m more than happy to speak my mind, and engage both as a member, and with members, as much as I can.

    Apologies if I’ve posted inappropriately, I’ll happily move the thread. Thanks for the supportive words, of course, nice to read and I hope to do you proud should I get the votes. Have a great weekend.
     
  8. inteldigital

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    I suppose we don't have much choice, to be honest.

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    Volker Greimann of ICANN? Lol. No thank you.

    Lesley Moody AES' Theresa May wannabe? Nope.

    Anne Taylor, since you're the only person who bothered to come to Acorn Domains and make a post explaining (kind of) your intentions, I suppose the votes should go to you. Not that it matters, we'll see the same palaver next year after a whole year of "nothing new". Good luck to you, Anne.
     
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  9. martin-s United Kingdom

    martin-s Well-Known Member

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    Please ensure you understand the legal obligations of an NED @Anne Taylor - the role is very specifically to provide "independent oversight and constructive challenge" to the executive directors.

    https://www.iod.com/services/inform...What-is-the-role-of-the-NonExecutive-Director
     
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  10. DomainAngel

    DomainAngel Well-Known Member Acorn Supporter

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    @Anne Taylor If you found out that Nominet staff and/or Directors had acted illegally and against anti competition rules, would you report them to the authorities or discuss it with those concerned first?
     
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  11. Anne Taylor United Kingdom

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    Well I would expect there to be an internal process for reporting such events (this may differ depending on the seniority of the staff member involved), so I would follow this process but keep a close eye on it's progress and outcome. If I felt that the outcome had not fully taken the facts into account and I didn't feel there was any way to progress this further using the internal systems and various boards then yes I would report these to the relevant external oversights. Bypassing the various procedures and reporting to the authorities before going through the due process can be time wasting for the already stretched resources of the respective bodies, but rest assured I would expect such an issue to be dealt with correctly and be transparent and would do my best to ensure it is.
     
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  12. domainscot United Kingdom

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    Good luck with it Anne wishing you all best.

    One of the questions I would like to see asked if Nominet runs the UK name space and represents the UK as in United Kingdom then why does it have a office in the USA. When it fails to have a office in Scotland. How many people does it employ in England compared to the rest of the UK. Nominet does not represent the UK name space as it shows a complete lack care and attention to the other parts of the United Kingdom by not investing in running office in those areas but can run a office in USA. would you like to tell me how Nominet should be allowed to continue with its anti Scottish Stand. dont tell me that one board members was Scottish. I would like Nominet to stop being South of England quango and represent the .UK name space as it should do.
     
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  13. lazarus

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    And spending millions abroad on vanity/charity projects. Have you seen the obscene salaries some of the board are on? not mid.. but high £xxx,xxx. why should these people get paid 4 - 5 times more than a Prime Minister?
     
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  14. Whois-Search Brazil

    Whois-Search Well-Known Member

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    I’m supporting @Anne Taylor in the NED election

    The Nominet executive run the company and make all the financial decisions. On pricing issues the elected NEDs are often conflicted out anyway.

    The NED role (at Nominet) is more about sitting on the different board committees here: https://www.nominet.uk/corporate-governance/board-documents/

    Usually when you are first elected you are stuck on Nominations and Audit & Governance. The Chair doesn’t even let you on Remuneration until you have past your probation (see NED contract).

    All we can hope is a strong “smaller member” voice is heard at the board room table. This year Anne is the only option to do that.

    To Vote:

    Search for an email from 27th June from “OnlineVoting” there is a unique link in there:

    Subject: Nominet UK - AGM and Election of non-executive director 2019
    From: onlinevoting@electoralreform.co.uk
    Sent: 27th June 2019
    Voting closes: at noon on Monday 15 July 2019.

    Find out your voting rights here: https://media.nominet.uk/wp-content.../Nominet-Voting-Rights-2019-NED-elections.pdf
     
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  15. dig bick United Kingdom

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    I hadn't. I knew it would be a healthy salary but had no idea it was this much!

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    Thankfully Haworth didn't have to survive on his £383,000 and just made ends meet with his £306,000 bonus. Likewise Bradley just managed to avoid the food bank with her £491,000 over 18 months. No wonder they can't afford to donate to Charity projects any more!
     
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  16. lazarus

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    Yep, Its truly obscene.
     
  17. inteldigital

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    Poor Denesh/Stephen man! Wtf
     
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  18. dig bick United Kingdom

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    I'm guessing he left. He got £31k the previous 12 months and must have left part way through the following year.
     
  19. domainscot United Kingdom

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    It was time bail out away from .co.uk namespace when they just increased the cost about 100% if they done it once they will do it again. So happy made choice to focus on .com and drop 99% .co.uk domains.
     
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  20. wizard

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    Yes .com as we know is far better and always will be they will ramp up the price of uk soon its coming...
     
  21. Whois-Search Brazil

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    Voting closes at noon today.

    Please use your vote even if you don’t agree with everything at Nominet.

    If the turnout falls below 10% they can pass anything they like :)