The RIPE NCC Executive Board is responsible for maintaining oversight of the RIPE NCC, a not-for-profit membership association that consists of over 20,000 organisations. The RIPE NCC is the organisation responsible for distributing and registering Internet number resources and for acting as the network coordination centre for the RIPE community in Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia.
The Executive Board has broad responsibility for overseeing the work of the RIPE NCC. Many responsibilities have been delegated to the RIPE NCC Management to take care of daily operations.
The position of RIPE NCC Executive Board Member is crucial in the corporate governance structure of the RIPE NCC and board members are fully responsible towards the RIPE NCC membership. Board members are expected to act in a manner appropriate to the position at all times.
Anyone is eligible to be an Executive Board member. They require the written support of five RIPE NCC members, must submit a signed statement declaring their adherence to the Code of Conduct for Executive Board candidates and that they never committed fraud or other financial misconduct in any jurisdiction, and a certified copy of an official identification document. Board members do not themselves have to be RIPE NCC members. It is in the best interests of the RIPE NCC and its members that the RIPE NCC Executive Board reflects the diversity of its membership in terms of gender, skill-set, industry background and geographic diversity.
The RIPE NCC and its Executive Board encourage all those with an interest in the successful development of the RIPE NCC to consider standing for election to the Executive Board.
Some of the skills and experience that would be beneficial to the RIPE NCC Executive Board are:
Anyone elected to the RIPE NCC Executive Board will be expected to fully take on the responsibilities of being a board member and carry out their duties to the best of their abilities throughout their term on the Executive Board. A term on the RIPE NCC Executive Board is three years.
RIPE NCC Executive Board members are expected to represent the interests of the RIPE NCC membership and the RIPE NCC.
The following is a list of the duties and responsibilities of RIPE NCC Executive Board members.
Attendance and Preparation for Meetings:
It is impossible to determine how much time per year an Executive Board member can expect to spend in performing the function, but a board member can expect that a minimum of 20 days per year, including travel, will need to be given to the role.
A position on the RIPE NCC Executive Board is an honorary position that incurs no financial remuneration. However, a position on the Executive Board brings considerable respect and recognition in the community as well as high visibility within the RIPE NCC membership.
Travel and accommodation costs incurred in carrying out the duties of the Executive Board are covered by the RIPE NCC. This naturally includes all physical meetings that board members are required to attend as RIPE NCC Executive Board member representatives.
The legal framework of the RIPE NCC is laid out in its Articles of Association. Articles 8, 9, 10 and 11 of the Articles of Association deal with matters relating to the RIPE NCC Executive Board.