TD suggested upping the quorum to 10 as this would be twice the size of the
current board. However the board is likely to grow in future, so a fixed
limit of 10 is unlikely to remain double the board for very long. I'm also
not sure if there's ever a circumstance (short of a hurricane/terrorist
attack) at which I'd think it was right that a meeting was cancelled because
we failed to make quorum. Meetings are announced a long time in advance, so
there is no reason why most of the interested parties shouldn't turn up,
which makes me rather lean towards having a low quorum (which is not to say
I wouldn't be shocked if less than 10 people turned up and indeed that I'd
try to minimise the number of definite decisions that were made at such an
AGM). Note that as it currently stands if less than 10% of the membership
turns up quorum is automatically failed anyway.
TD suggested (if I understood right) basically using the same mechanism for
voting at AGMs as we used for this election. This seems eminently sensible
to me, though we do have to be careful with large departures from the text
of the suggested AoA.
TD suggested we insert a provision explicitly allowing for IRC board
meetings. Again this seems sensible to me, but we have to be careful
There are various different options for securing indemnity for
directors/officers (article 49 here:
). I recommend we get legal advice on this.
**Age limits on members**:
(Not entirely sure this would go in the AoA.) Question is: do we want to
allow under 16 members?
TD suggests giving directors the right to delegate their powers and
functions to committees of *members* rather than merely committees of
directors (as is guaranteed by the existing article 38). While I accept that
this would be nice, my hunch is that it's too legally risky to be worth it.
There's no reason why a director couldn't oversee a committee of members
helping them perform some task, just as long as the ultimate responsibility
and executive power remained with the director.
Are there any other AoA issues that we should also be thinking about?