Technorama 2020 Annual General Meeting: election and candidate information

AGM Election nomination details

At time set for close of nominations for elections at the 2020 Technorama Annual General Meeting, the following candidates had lodged nominations:

Standing for Ordinary Committee member:

  • Ren Cuttriss
  • Michael Tobin
  • Frank Wilcox

Standing for President:

  • John Maizels

Standing for Secretary:

  • Hannah Murray

Note:  because there was only one nomination for President and one nomination for Secretary, these positions will be declared elected and the candidates do not appear on the ballot paper.

Personalised electronic voting information will be sent directly to each member of Technorama who is financial and in good standing.

Tim Borgas – Returning Officer

 

Candidate information

The following information has been supplied by the candidates to help you make your decision.

Ren Cuttriss

I have been involved in the world of community broadcasting for six years at 3MDR in Melbourne, before that I worked for many years in the areas of homelessness and education. I am passionate about our community and working with volunteers, having volunteered for all of my adult life, and being able to combine these with my love of music and the arts is a dream come true!! I am 3MDR’s Engagement Co- Ordinator, which is a wonderfully vague role, and basically means I get to do anything ‘engaging’ at the station. This usually encompasses sponsorship, training, community engagement, digital marketing, volunteer management and everything in between. I have tried my hand at presenting a show, but didn’t love it, so I have moved into co-producing a show, concentrating on booking musicians (we have live music on every week) and using social media to grow the audience for both the show and the musos. I have also joined the technical team at 3MDR, and am loving the opportunities and challenges this is throwing at me!

 

Michael Tobin

I have been a member of Technorama since the formation of TSC (Technical Standing Committee). I hold a dual Diploma of Education and Diploma of Training and wish to continue to assist in passing on my expertise in the RF fields.

 

Frank Wilcox

I have been in Commercial radio since 1972 – that’s 48 years.  During that time, I have been extremely involved in all aspects of the Radio Industry. I have been on air – running a successful breakfast shift for almost 10 years. Then I became a Radio Engineer and cut my teeth in Country Radio in NSW.  Then came stints as Macquarie Radio Network Chief Engineer in Canberra, SEA FM on the Gold Coast, Triple M in Melbourne, and Gold and TT FM in Melbourne. I then moved up the ‘pecking order’ and became Group Chief Engineer of the Australian Radio Network – responsible for the new studios at North Ryde; Group Chief Engineer of the Macquarie Radio Network, then moved to New Zealand where I was Group Chief Engineer of The Radio Network of New Zealand.

We returned to Australia in 2013 and I got a job as technician for Southern Cross Austereo in Mount Gambier – where we moved to because of family commitments.  Since then I have also been heavily involved in both our local community station – 5GTR FM, Technorama and the CBF as an assessor

If I am elected, I will continue to contribute as much as I am able to ensure that we, as an organisation, continue to support the vital community radio family of Australia in any way that we can.

 

John Maizels

If you choose me as your President, this will be my last term in the role as the constitution requires me to time out at the end of the term.  There is still so much to do.  Over my last term, Technorama has transitioned to being an integral part of the Community Broadcasting Sector.  We have a strong reputation for running events, and we have shown that it’s possible to break down barriers.  We are driving the training agenda for media teachnologists, and our Q&A group is regarded as  In the next two years I would like Technorama to expand member services, further increase participation of non-traditional demographics (women, first-nations peoples, youth), and focus on restoring the culture and skills needed to build and fix gear in your station.  With your support, these things can happen!

 

Hannah Murray

Since joining Technorama in December 2019, I have coordinated the Technorama Tuesdays Webinar Series and led the organisation of speakers and content for the Technorama 2020 Virtual Conference (TR20V). I am passionate about creating and developing opportunities for aspiring and established Broadcast Technicians to up-skill, share knowledge, and discuss what’s new in technology within the Community Broadcasting Sector. I am particularly focused on engaging with people new to the field and helping to generate interest in the Broadcast Tech sector. If elected into the Secretary role, I will continue to implement and push positive change and growth in the sector.

2019 Election note

The revised Constitution adopted by Technorama in 2018 changed the way executive and ordinary committee members were elected, to ensure a better succession planning process than was provided by the Model Constitution under which Technorama was formed.

The 2018 Constitution specifies a process for electing committee members for two year terms, with half of the committee and half of the executive retiring at each election (see right at the top of this page for a description of the election cadence).

The Constitution also provides for a process to handle any ambiguities when positions are combined or split, and what to do when a committee member retires early.

In 2019, a plausible but unexpected series of events occurred:

  • Secretary and Treasurer were combined for that year, necessitating election of an additional ordinary committee member for a one-year term
  • a committee member due to retire n 2020 retired just before the AGM, necessitating election of a committee member for a one-year term, and
  • three committee members retired in rotation, necessitating election of  three committee members for two-year terms, and
  • the number of nominees exactly matched the number of candidates, resulting in no election being required.

This created an unusual confluence, in which there was no clear way to determine which of the newly elected candidates would be appointed for the one-and two-year terms.  Section 14.5C of the Constitution provides for this situation, requiring committee members to either agree among themselves as to terms, or for the matter to be decided by drawing lots.  Ultimately everyone agreed to test the drawing lots process.  This occurred on 30 August 2020.

The result was:

  • Trent Geddes, Chris Deacon, Stephen Wilkinson were allocated a two-year term, serving until the 2021 AGM, when they will be eligible for reelection
  • Mike Tobin and Frank Wilcox were allocated a one-year term, serving until the 2020 AGM, when they will be eligible for reelection.

Following the AGM, Julie Spencer (whose position was not due for re-election until 2020) retired from the committee early.  Hannah Murray was appointed to fill the casual vacancy created by Julie’s early retirement.  Hannah retires at the 2020 AGM and is eligible to stand for election.

Also at the 2020 Annual General Meeting, the Secretary and Treasurer positions are being unbundled.

Therefore, as per the rules stated at the top of this page and being an even year, the 2020 AGM will elect a President, Secretary, and two ordinary committee members.

Results of Elections

Following the Annual General Meeting, the following people are your Board for the next year:

Who Position  Retires
John Maizels President 2020
Josh Pearson Vice President 2021
Jim Parish Treasurer 2021
Jim Parish Secretary 2020
Chris Deacon Committee Member 2020+TBD
Trent Geddes Committee Member 2020+TBD
Julie Spencer Committee Member 2020
Mike Tobin Committee Member 2020+TBD
Frank Wilcox Committee Member 2020+TBD
Stephen Wilkinson Committee Member 2020+TBD

How the election process worked

At close of nominations, the returning officer had received one nomination for VP,  one nomination for Treasurer and five nominations for Committee.

The VP and Treasurer positions were therefore declared filled without an election.

Being an even year, three Committee members were to be elected for two year terms.  Additionally one additional member was to be elected for a one year term, to fill a casual vacancy.   However when Josh Pearson was the sole nomination as Vice President and chose to vacate the position of Secretary, every possible combination of acceptable outcomes led to creation of an additional casual vacancy for Committee.  That resulted in five positions to be filled with five nominations, so all those who nominated were declared elected.

Under rule 14(5) of the Constitution, the assignment of two year terms (three) and one year terms (two) is to be decided by agreement or drawing of lots.

This will be determined at the first meeting of the new Committee.

Find out more about your Committee members here.

2019 Annual General Meeting

Note the date:  The 2019 Annual General Meeting of Technorama Incorporated will be held at 2000 AEST on the evening of Thursday 19 September 2019.   As is usual, and in keeping with Technorama policy, the meeting will be held entirely virtualised, using GoToMeeting and Sparklevote.

Watch for the AGM packet, with full details of agenda and nomination process, which will be distributed to members two weeks before the AGM.

If you have any questions in advance of official notices, please drop a line to [email protected] or reach out to us via the contact form on this website.

Elections:

This year nominations will be called for offices of Vice President; Treasurer; three ordinary committee members for a period of two years, and one ordinary committee member for a period of one year.

If you are a paid-up member of Technorama Incorporated, then you are eligible to stand.  If you are interested and would like to know more, contact us via [email protected] and let’s have a chat.   Nominations will close at 23:59:59 AEST on Thursday 12 September.

AGM Packet:

The important files may be downloaded here.

The process for nominating, and the nomination form.
The meeting agenda
The minutes of last year’s AGM (the most recent gemeral meeting)
The financials

Thanks,

John Maizels
President, Technorama Incorporated

Technorama AGM: Wednesday 26 September 2018 at 20:00

The Annual General Meeting of Technorama Incorporated will be held on the evening of Wednesday 26 September 2018.   In keeping with Technorama policy, the meeting will be held entirely virtualised, using GoToMeeting and Sparklevote.

If you have any questions in advance of official notices, please drop a line to [email protected] or via the contact form on the website.

Nominations are open for offices of President,  Secretary, and two ordinary committee members.  Nominations will close at 23:59:59 on 19 September.

The AGM packet, with full details of agenda and nomination process, has been distributed to members.   If you have not received the packet, or if any of the material is unclear, please contact the Secretary via [email protected].

 

John Maizels
President, Technorama Incorporated

Emma Couch and Julie Spencer join the Technorama Board

The Special General Meeting which updated the Technorama Incorporated constitution increased the size of the Technorama Board from seven to nine, and created two casual vacancies.

Emma Couch

Julie Spencer

At the Board meeting held on 19 June, the Board unanimously voted to appoint Emma Couch and Julie Spencer to fill the positions as Ordinary Committee members. Emma and Julie will hold these posts through to the 2018 AGM, when they become eligible for election.

John Maizels, President of Technorama Incorporated, has welcomed the appointments as a significant positive step in the development of Technorama.

“The Technorama Board has worked hard to ensure that we can provide skills-based leadership.  Both Emma and Julie bring a wealth of professional and personal experience that plays directly to Technorama’s core missions.”

Emma Couch has been heavily involved with Community Radio as a broadcaster, organiser and trainer and has a solid technical bent. Julie Spencer started in Community radio before moving into a professional career which puts her in the upper ranks of broadcast engineers in Australia as a hands-on project manager and facility developer.”

“We are very fortunate to have such passionate and committed people in our ranks, especially at a time when Technorama has been focusing on improving diversity, gender equity and skills within the technologist community.”

Read more about Emma Couch and Julie Spencer on our “About/Meet your Board” page, and contact them directly via their Technorama email addresses.

Our Constitution and Rules

At a Special General Meeting held on 19 May 2018, the members present unanimously adopted a new set of rules to govern Technorama.  These replaced the model rules which had been in use since the Association’s formation.

The new rules were lodged with NSW Fair Trading after the meeting, and became effective from 31 May 2018.

The updated ruleset brings Technorama into line with best practice for Board turnover, and make it possible for the organisation to be truly virtualised by adding provisions to permit electronic equivalents of the face-to-face provisions that dictate how meetings and elections are managed.

Both of these actions improve our ability to be correctly representative of members.

The full story behind the new rules can be found on the SGM 2018-1 page, and the new ruleset is live for download or reading from our corporate details page.   Note that the deprecated rules and the for-approval version have now been masked to obviate any confusion.

Josh Pearson joins Techorama Committee

Josh Pearson, Operations Manager at Joy FM in Melbourne has been appointed to the Committee of Technorama.  He will fill a casual vacancy until the 2018 AGM.

Josh brings with him a wealth of operational and IT experience, and has already started working on the logistics for TR18 in May.

You can read a bit more about Josh and all the Technorama Committee on the Meet Your Board page.