Perhaps I should have done but I regard participating in this forum as akin to a chat in the pub. I don't perceive John Philpott - or indeed myself - as being permanently on call here to answer any questions that people may choose to ask him/me.Simon Spivack wrote:However, John Paines was the author of his own misfortune in the thread "ECF Board meeting, Hinckley Island 16th January". He could have put his position in just two posts. He could have asked for an opinion from John Philpott as to the chairmanship.
On a related point, it does concern me that (as it has now emerged) the Board purported to appoint me to a post of "Chairman" without having the authority from the Articles/Regulations to do so, and I suspect that it wouldn't have happened if there had been closer liaison with John Philpott. I will be writing to John and the CE about this so that similar situations can be avoided in future.
I don't agree that either is particularly germane. If I did, I wouldn't have accepted the appointment.He could have admitted that he has, indeed, hardly any germane experience as either a chess organiser or player.
Adam's report mostly covers ground related to his own directorship.Looking at Adam Raoof's report on the meeting itself, I am not convinced that all the necessary ground was covered, despite its length.
[Edit - I hope that isn't unfair to Adam. Which ground do you, Simon, feel wasn't covered and should have been?]
I made the point about e-mail to the CE and other directors at the end of the meeting. I certainly think the Board should be having more discussion via e-mail.Could not more have been done by email and phone in advance?
I thought the quality of discussion at the meeting was very high. However the Board's current culture is to have a "conversational" meeting rather than one where people are called upon to speak by the chairman, and whilst both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages, the "conversational" type of meeting will inevitably take longer.In meetings I have attended, a lot of time has been wasted by grandstanding or repetition; or by ignoramuses, who couldn't be bothered preparing, blathering away.