I just quit as a director of the National Outsourcing Association.
I was co-opted onto the board in 2005 when I was director of technology research at the Commonwealth Business Council, then I subsequently won two three-year main board elections, so it was a fair chunk of time on the board – plus I had worked with the board prior to ever being a director. I’ve seen a lot of people come and go on this board, and in the support team that runs all the admin.
But for the past year, the atmosphere has changed somewhat inside the NOA. It is a not-for-profit trade association and therefore I feel the main priorities should be:
- to have a strong voice for the collective industry – representing the members, especially to the media by commenting on current affairs
- to produce good independent research that could not be produced from a single company alone
- to facilitate great networking events where peers can meet and share information
I don’t feel that we have been doing a very good job on any of these measures. I won’t betray any trust about why I think this way, that would clearly be a blog post too far, but I think it is important to acknowledge that my frustration in trying to steer the organisation down the path above – for the good of the industry – has boiled over and it’s best if I apply my knowledge, skills, and social capital elsewhere.
Good luck to the good ship NOA, I’m sailing off into the sunset.