Board update September 2021
Thu, 16-Sep-2021 by
Stuart J Mackintosh
# Board update
There have been many changes at the Foundation over the last year including a number of changes to our Board.
At our last formal meeting in August, we welcomed Daniel Sockwell (Codesections) to the Board of Directors.
Daniel has worked with the Foundation over the last year by serving on the Legal/Commercial Committee and by participating in the monthly community meetings. In his [responses to questions during nomination](https://news.perlfoundation.org/post/daniel_sockwell_board_candidate), Daniel expressed a desire to bring Raku Steering Council representation to the Board and "to help [the Board] and the RSC/the Raku community more broadly better work together" so that Perl and Raku can support one another and avoid the "risk [of] getting in each other's way".
I am pleased to welcome Daniel on to the Board. Daniel brings additional capability and capacity to the team as well as a positive vision as to how Perl and Raku can co-exist, which I am confident is beneficial to all involved.
During my time on the Board, I have had the pleasure of working with an experienced team, who warmly welcomed me to the Foundation and have all been generous with their time and support.
After many years of valued service across key roles, the following people have now retired from the Board:
- Jim Brandt (Former president)
- Dan Wright (Former treasurer)
- Allison Randal
- Curtis Poe
- Rik Signes
- Nat Torkington
Each has been invited to join the Advisory Board which is much less demanding whilst enabling us all to stay connected. More information on the developing [Advisory Board is available here](https://www.perlfoundation.org/advisory_board.html).
Details of [the current Board of Directors is here](https://www.perlfoundation.org/the-board.html).
I, and the Board members, would like to thank all past members for the commitment they made to the Board, we will miss their contributions and look forward to further conversation through the Advisory Board.
## Board nominations
During the next few months, we will be seeking nominations for two additional Board members. If you know someone who might be willing to invest a few days per month, and can offer skills and experience that would be useful to the Foundation, then ask if they would consider being nominated to join the Board.
Ideally, they would already be known to the Board, are active in an open source community and they must demonstrate professional and positive characteristics.
The Board aims to represent the communities that it serves - we currently lack diversity, so please encourage nominations for those who do not feel represented at the Foundation.
Further details of what would make an ideal candidate and how to nominate will be posted in due course.
Stuart Mackintosh, President