A few things from me.
I have been looking to step down for a while, my job takes up more of my time and headspace, but also I don't like the constant gossip and rumour spreading. Every time I come into the space someone trots up to me to say who has done what. It's tiresome.
Being a director is hard, not hard hard, but it is draining.
I have not resigned because Tom is trying to force us all to resign, or because I accept the charges made, but because I've just had enough. It's ludicrous that is has got to this stage.
We were in the process of bringing in some new directors and I was going to make sure we had a code of conduct in place, which would apply to all members but which the directors would be expected to embody. I'm not sure any of those people will still want to be directors. Why would they?
If Tom wants to suggest a framework for voting on directors then I am all ears, but it's naive to think that will make things any better.
The finances are not secret, it is well known we run a surplus each month and have a fund for when we need to move. We publish quarterly stats to give a flavour of this. I'd like to think most members have trust in this. Perhaps we can be more open here, but which members have raised this and to who?
Any member can suggest new/replacement items. It is not up to the directors to do this. We have generally been more than happy to get stuff.
We would buy a new compressor tomorrow if there was agreement on what to get. Andrew was in the process of trying once more to get consensus.
So are we accused of hoarding money or spending too much without consultation, it can't be both.
The hackspace is a brilliant place, every time a new person comes into the space they say how amazing it is. I think we forget that at times.
Last Thursday evening was how it should be, people had brought in their projects to discuss, there was a great atmosphere, I saw new members getting involved and I caught up with some friends I hadn't seen in a while. And there was cake. Really good cake.
Unfortunately now it is a shitshow.
Behind the scenes I've had many discussions with Tom and it sounds like others have too, but seemingly to no avail. I know he is doing this with the very best intentions but is going to kill off the very thing he thinks he is saving. Those members advising him, bringing him gossip and half truths and pushing him to this should be ashamed of themselves.