Austmine Board of Directors
Austmine has a Board of 10 Directors who provide governance to our organisation and help guide and shape our strategy.
Our Board is comprised of people from our member companies. To be eligible to stand for election your company must be:
1. A full corporate member;
2. Financial at the time of the election.
Board terms are 2 years with usually fifty percent of the Board being elected every year. At the 2020 AGM, only 4 positions will be elected due to extra vacancies before the previous election.
There are generally 6 Board meetings each year. Board meetings are usually held face-to-face with 1 videoconference. This, of course, changed this year with all meetings from March being held via Zoom. Hopefully, we will be able to return to our in-person meetings soon which are held in different locations around the country, and are usually scheduled for 4 hours. The meetings often coincide with an Austmine event or another activity, and include a Board dinner.
Directors are expected to attend at least 75% of the meetings and while tele/video-conferencing facilities are available for most meetings, attendance in person is strongly encouraged.
Board meetings are usually scheduled on a Thursday during the third week of the month and in the following months:
- January (telcon)
- March – including an extra 1-day strategy meeting
Along with the Board meetings, each Director is expected to join at least one Board committee. These committees meet 3-4 times/year via videoconference and are tasked to look at projects, governance and strategic issues.
Current committees are:
- Audit & Risk
- Austmine 2021 Conference
Along with the Board and related meetings, Directors are also encouraged to attend Austmine events, conferences and other activities in order to meet members, raise profile and learn more about what we do. Sometimes Directors will be asked to play a more formal role in our events such as hosting, or they might be asked to represent Austmine at an event or a meeting in their particular city.
Austmine seeks experienced, senior executives who are preferably leading a company and who are passionate about the METS sector and have expertise in a range of areas. Being a good strategic thinker is an imperative, as well as a strong interest in helping Austmine and our members to succeed. We encourage diversity on our Board, and also like to have a good geographic spread so we are well represented nationally.
Our Directors’ positions are all voluntary, but expenses to attend Board meetings are reimbursed in accordance with our Director’s reimbursement policy.
Along with the 10 elected Directors, there are 4 Alternate Director positions which are appointed following the AGM. Alternate Directors act in place of a Director when he/she is absent, and are invited to all Board meetings to contribute to discussion. Being an Alternate Director is a good way to gain experience on the Board, and is used as a stepping stone into a full Director’s position.
To become a Director, you must:
- Complete and submit a Nominee’s Questionnaire and provide a photo, along with your resume. The responses to the questionnaire will be published prior to the election so other members can learn more about your skills and experience and what you will contribute to the Austmine Board.
- Complete and submit the formal Nomination Form. On this form you must select the category you are representing and have it signed by the person who is nominating you. Note that you can only be nominated by a representative of a current financial member company.
- Be elected by ballot at the AGM.
The Nominee’s Questionnaire and Nomination Form will be circulated with the notice of the AGM at least 21 days prior to the AGM. You will have approximately 2 weeks to complete all required paperwork and return it to the Company Secretary.
Information about who is standing for the Board will be published at least 1 week in advance of the Board meeting.
Being on the Austmine Board will provide you with an opportunity to expand your network, learn new skills, raise your profile, work with an exceptional team of people, and, of course, have some fun. Importantly, you will also be helping to ensure a sustainable and competitive future for our great Australian METS sector.
If you would like more information about being on the Austmine Board or have any questions, please e-mail Austmine’s CEO Chris Gibbs Stewart.