Standing for the LINX Board

Non-Executive Director Election

The LINX Board is comprised of an appointed independent non-executive Chairman, six elected non-executive directors and four appointed executive directors.

Elected non-executive directors are appointed through an election by the LINX membership at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and serve a period of up to three years, after which they are required to retire by rotation and are eligible to stand for re-election, subject to a term limit of nine consecutive years.

Standing for Election

Notice will be given to members that a board election will follow the LINX AGM. Any LINX member who has voting rights is then entitled to nominate a candidate not more than 49 days or less than 28 days before the AGM.

The person who has been nominated needs to confirm that they are willing to stand for election within the same time frame. Both the nomination and confirmation by the candidate should be addressed to cosec@linx.net and copied to agm@linx.net.

Two posts are available for election in 2019, and existing Board members may stand for re‑election, subject to the applicable term limits.

Full details of the process may be found in the LINX Memorandum & Articles of Association.

The Role

The LINX Board of Directors is responsible for making strategic and policy decisions, steering the overall direction of LINX and for the oversight and good governance of the Company.

Time commitment (approximately 24 days per year)

  • Board meetings (typically in London): 8 to 12 days per year
  • Subcommittee meetings: 4 x half day meetings per year
  • Quarterly LINX member meetings: 4 x two day meetings
  • Other ad hoc meetings (induction, appraisals, staff meetings, etc.) and outreach work.

Attendance in person is recommended, but video conferencing facilities are available as it is not always possible for every board member to be in London. In addition, board members interact regularly by e-mail. Board members may also be appointed as directors of LINX’s subsidiaries including LINX’s US-based companies.

Candidates should, where possible, be free from conflicts of interest.

You should ensure that your employer is supportive of your candidature.

Given the time commitments and type of candidates the company seeks to attract, the non-executive director role is remunerated. The remuneration policy can be found here.

The Candidate

LINX encourages a wide range of candidates who believe they would provide a positive contribution to the board. To guide potential candidates and members, we would recommend that ideal candidates meet the following criteria:

  • Board, Director-level or other senior management experience in organisations equivalent to LINX (or of greater size and scope).
  • Understanding and experience of the role, duties and responsibilities of a non-executive director; key business concepts including key financials.
  • A successful track record of leading the formulation and delivery of successful business objectives, strategies and policies.
  • Relevant business experience in HR, finance, technology, marketing, communications, corporate governance, public affairs, procurement, etc.
  • Ability to reach considered and balanced judgements in an impartial, objective and transparent manner.

Whilst it is clear that a mix of skills is desirable on the Board, it is not expected that any candidate will fill all the ideal criteria. If you are considering standing, we would recommend you contact the CEO to discuss the expectations.

Election Statement

Candidates are invited to supply an election statement and supporting information which LINX will distribute to members eligible to vote.

You may structure your statement as you wish, but we strongly recommend you address the following:

  • Your past experience, and how you meet the above criteria.
  • Why you wish to stand for the LINX board.
  • Your past involvement in LINX and the wider Internet community.
  • Your view of the future direction of LINX.
  • An indication (as applicable) of the support you have from your organisation or employer, especially in respect to the time commitment.
  • A statement of what you think your strengths and weaknesses are, in relation to the role.
  • If this would be your first Board level appointment, or if you are relatively inexperienced in serving on the Boards of companies such as LINX, what you would do about that in terms of appropriate personal development.

Statements should be supplied in either text or HTML format. These will be published on the website 28 days before the AGM. For avoidance of doubt, this means statements must be received by 01/05/2019 23:59.

Election Process

In order to give all candidates an opportunity to make their case to members, we intend to hold video interviews with all candidates on 3rd May. Candidates will be required to hold themselves ready to be interviewed on that day, unless they can agree some alternative with us.

Election Timetable for 2019

DateElection stage
10/04/2019Opening of nominations
01/05/2019  23:59Close of nominations

Deadline for submission of election statement and confirmation of willingness to stand for election

03/05/2019Publication of election material on website
15/05/2019Voting begins
30/05/2019Voting closes

Results announced at the end of AGM

Further Details

In order to give all candidates an opportunity to make their case to members, we intend to hold video interviews with all candidates on 3rd May. Candidates will be required to hold themselves ready to be interviewed on that day, unless they can agree some alternative with us.

Any specific questions that members may have for the candidates should be emailed in advance to the LINX CEO at ceo@linx.net.

The following documents provide further details: