Hi Liam,

Just a small point of clarification:  in Wikimedia Nederland the Board does
not have the possibility to appoint new Board Members. The General Assembly
'appoints' (i.e. elects) all members of the Board.

Regards,


Sandra Rientjes
Directeur/Executive Director Wikimedia Nederland

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2017-11-30 14:35 GMT+01:00 Liam Wyatt <liamwy...@gmail.com>:

> Thank you for this information Tim, and welcome Peter, and Gabriele!
>
> I know that the boards of Wikimedia- Germany, France, UK and Netherlands
> have "appointed" seats (also known as "external" or "expert" seats), and so
> too does the WMF. I assume that the formal legal process for these are all
> different according to local laws, but I also assume that the purpose is
> roughly the same: to ensure there is diversity of expertise and opinions,
> to fill specifically identified skill gaps, and to guard against a mere
> 'popularity contest' election.
>
> Do any other Chapters have "appointed" seats on their boards? Have some
> Chapters tried, but rejected the concept?
>
>
> wittylama.com
> Peace, love & metadata
>
> On 30 November 2017 at 14:08, Tim Moritz Hector <
> tim-moritz.hec...@wikimedia.de> wrote:
>
> > Hi all,
> >
> > just a short rectification: We have up to 2 (not 3) appointed seats in
> the
> > board. So in total our board consists of 9 members: 7 elected by the
> > general assembly and 2 appointed.
> >
> > I am happy that now, with the appointment of Gabriele and Peter, we have
> > all seats on our board filled.
> >
> > Best regards,
> > Tim
> >
> >
> >
> > 2017-11-30 13:47 GMT+01:00 Tim Moritz Hector
> <tim-moritz.hector@wikimedia.
> > de
> > >:
> >
> > > Dear all,
> > >
> > > I am delighted to announce that Wikimedia Deutschland’s Board has taken
> > > the opportunity to appoint two new members for the first time. Dr.
> > Gabriele
> > > Theren and Peter Dewald are taking appointed seats in our board.
> > >
> > > After our general assembly decided to make way for up to 3 appointed
> > > seats, we created a profile of skills we would like to add to the
> board.
> > We
> > > focussed on the future of Wikimedia Deutschland, strategically and
> > > financially, and got about 60 applications. Many of them showed
> > impressive
> > > profiles, striving for Free Knowledge.
> > >
> > > We decided for Gabriele, who is a trained lawyer, mediator and serves
> as
> > > department head in the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in the
> > German
> > > federal state of Saxony-Anhalt. We also elected Peter who has 35 years
> of
> > > expertise as managing director at Apple and the software group Sage,
> was
> > > member of the board of Germany’s digital association Bitkom and has a
> lot
> > > of experience in volunteer work.
> > >
> > > Both will be members of the board until the next election by the
> general
> > > assembly in about one year. Please join me in welcoming Gabriele and
> > Peter
> > > to the Wikiverse.
> > >
> > > Best regards,
> > > Tim Moritz Hector
> > >
> > >
> > > --
> > > Tim Moritz Hector
> > > Chair of the Board
> > > Wikimedia Deutschland
> > >
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