As a group, the directors are responsible for wisely steering TFN. Directors meet regularly to discuss issues, to delegate tasks, and to make decisions. They also each undertake various tasks between meetings, such as administrative chores, research into issues, drafting of proposals, etc. Directors are volunteers -- they are not paid.
If you want to be a director, please be prepared to commit 16 or more hours per month on TFN business.
Directors must attend board meetings, they must read in advance the materials to be discussed at those meetings, they must keep up with email messages on the board's mailing list, and they must undertake at least one additional volunteer task.
The frequency of board meetings and the amount of preparatory reading and research depend on TFN's situation. In times of need, directors must undertake large and urgent workloads. In calm times, directors undertake work to buttress TFN against future needs. Between the 2009 and 2010 AGMs, there were 15 board meetings. They lasted from half an hour to 5 hours; 2 hours on average. Preparatory readings were usually 2 printed pages, occasionally 30 pages.
3 seats are available this year.
The TFN board consists of 8 directors. Normally, directors each serve a three-year term. Every year, the seats of 3 directors come up for election (only 2 seats every third year). Directors are free to run for re-election.
Last year was unusual: TFN elected a completely new board. In accordance with TFN precedent, 3 of these seats are being vacated this year, having served a single-year term.
The 5 directors whose terms will end at future AGMs are:
Terms ending at the 2011 AGM:
Terms ending at the 2012 AGM: