The Board of Directors are collectively responsible for OSI. Officers take responsibility for the overall direction of the Board's work. They are the President, Simon Phipps, the Chief Financial Officer, Mike Milinkovich, the Assistant Treasurer, Stefano Zacchiroli, and the Secretary, Patrick Masson. Each is appointed by the Board annually. Together they form an Executive Committee that acts as the General Manager's supervisor including prioritising workload and appraising performance. The Executive Committee is also empowered to act as the Board between meetings in the event of urgent matters (including legal affairs, guided by the General Counsel) and sets the agenda for meetings of the Board.
Board meetings take the form of a written paragraph summarising each portfolio activity which is offered for Q & A before votes on decisions. Decisions for voting are accompanied by sufficient working materials to allow the vote to be conducted without discussion in the event it is uncontested.
OSI's mission is described and furthered through the management of portfolios, with a Board Director taking operational responsibility for one or more, serving as the Portfolio Manager. Each Portfolio Manager communicates regularly with the OSI General Manager (GM) to ensure he or she is fully equipped to deliver the portfolio responsibilities.
The scope of each portfolio, including any powers delegated to the Portfolio Manager by the Board, plus a work plan describing current goals for achieving the objectives, is briefly described below, with greater detail and current work available on the OSI wiki.
The role of the GM is to, 1. manage the day-to-day affairs of OSI at the direction of the Board, and 2. undertake action(s) delegated or assigned at the direction of the Board, an Officer or Portfolio Manager, and 3. manage volunteers and interns.
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