Board Meeting Minutes, March 2019

A meeting of the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) Board was held virtually via GoToMeeting on Wednesday 20th March  2019  from 18:30 - 20:30.

Board members who dialled in:  Tim Hubbard (TH)  (Chair), Vanessa Barnett (VEB), Helen Turvey (HT) , Rufus Pollock (RP), Vicky Brock (VAB), Karin Christiansen (KC), Johnny West (JW), Ira Bolychevsky (IB)

Observers: Catherine Stihler (CEO) (CS), Cassandra Woolford (FM) (CW), Helen Stewart (EA) (HS)

Apologies: Jarmo Eskelinen (JE)

Welcome & review of minutes & actions [Chair]

TH welcomed everyone reviewed the minutes and actions from the last board meeting held on the 16th January 2019. 

2018 Board minutes were approved. All actions have been completed.

TH advised that all board members are to sign Register of Interest forms in 2019 as part of the Financial Year End Audit.

CEO Update [CS]

CS delivered the proposal for  the name of the organisation revert back to Open Knowledge Foundation.  A proposal for a Board Away day to take place in July. The Board agreed.

CS briefed the board on the decision to withdraw from the Cameroon project. The decision was supported by the board. CS invited Board members to the Staff Summit in April. 

Finance Update [CW]

CW briefed the Board on the Financials sent the previous week.

YE Accounts to be signed off in the May Board meeting, CW will hand deliver.

CW confirmed that VAT submissions are being submitted digitally.


CS updated the Board on the CKAN Association. It was agreed that IB would carry out a Consultancy piece of work, paid for by OKF.


CS noted that 20th May is OKF’s 15th birthday and should be marked on social media.

The next board meeting will take place on Wednesday 15th May at 18.30 at the ODI.