Hi Nigel,  

Thanks for your email.  

I think there might also be a 4rd option where there is a bit more distance to 
the RIPE NCC and the said RIPE Chair.  
And that could be to appoint / employ him in the Rob Blokzijl foundation.  
There is already an agreed way of working between the 2 entities and the Board 
of the foundation is not in direct relation to the NCC. 
And having a functioning RIPE Chair in the future, is for the good of the 
internet, so it wouldn't even be a stretch of the foundations role.  

Or another option is to take a salary/payroll company with a fixed term 
contract on 5 years and have the Exec Board earmark its cost for each 5 years 
rolling forward in the activity plan.  

How we structure the actual role and its payment, is something we can sort out, 
I'm sure.  Even with enough distance where needed. The bigger question to sort 
out imho, is if we want to do this.. and I have good faith in the Exec Board to 
execute that result in a way that it won't get any conflict of interest or 
other kind of dependence.  

Regards,
Erik Bais 

´╗┐On 19/02/2018, 15:51, "ripe-list on behalf of Nigel Titley" 
<ripe-list-boun...@ripe.net on behalf of ni...@titley.com> wrote:

    At the last Executive board meeting I took an action to start a
    discussion on the RIPE-list about the notion of remuneration for the
    RIPE Chair.
    
    We were fortunate that Rob B had an employer who didn't mind him
    devoting unlimited amounts of time to the RIPE community. Now that Rob
    is no longer with us we need to decide whether we wish to restrict the
    occupant of the RIPE Chair to being someone who works for such an
    employer or whether we wish for the community to financially support the
    occupant of the role.
    
    If we decide that we *do* wish them to be supported then the question
    arises of where this support is to come from. The RIPE Community does
    not exist as such; it has no financial resources so this question may
    touch on how we wish the community to evolve.
    
    I'm going to throw some ideas into the pool. I don't necessarily support
    any of these, but offer them as a starting point for discussion.
    
    1. We legally constitute the RIPE community, enabling it to hold
    financial resources and raise income.
    
    2. We restrict the RIPE chairmanship to those who can afford to support
    themselves (RIPE NCC would continue to pay expenses)
    
    3. The RIPE NCC pays a salary to the RIPE Chair
    
    All of these possibilities have pros and cons, which you can probably
    work out for yourselves.
    
    I invite anyone with an opinion to join the debate. Try to keep your
    contributions concise and to the point. Try and remain courteous.
    
    If you have connected your ripe-list email contact to a trouble-ticket
    machine then I will call down my curses on your children and your
    children's children unto the seventh generation. Don't risk it...
    
    All the best
    
    Nigel Titley
    Chairman RIPE NCC Executive Board
    
    
    
    

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