.UK Registry Advisory Council

.UK Registry Advisory Council 

The first .UK Registry Advisory Council meeting has taken place: meeting notes, the agenda and all papers are now available via the Members Hub – you will also find contact details for your UKRAC councillors here.

The following candidates have been elected by members to the .UK Registry Advisory Council which will be chaired by member-electedNon-Executive Director Anne Taylor:

Large Segment

  • Rex Wickham, TwentyTwentyMedia Limited (two years)
  • Arnaud Franquinet, Gandi (one year)

Mid-Small Segment

  • Andrew Bennett, Netistrar Ltd (two years)
  • Dan Rodgers, Domain Registrar Services Ltd (one year)

Independent Segment

  • Susannah Clark, Trading as ‘Girl Next Door’ (two years)
  • Ciprian Cucuruz, Webber Multimedia Ltd (one year)

The members voting pack contains the election statements from all candidates, and their contact details can be found in the Members Hub

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the process of designing, organising and supporting the establishment of the .UK Registry Advisory Council, which the Nominet Board looks forward to working with to contribute to the ongoing success of .UK.  

About the UKRAC

Nominet has created the UKRAC to give members a greater voice in how the .UK Registry is run. The purpose of the UKRAC is to foster the long term sustainable success of the .UK namespace, ensuring it remains safe, secure and competitive.  

Nominet members elected their six representatives on a one member, one vote basis. The elections ran from 30th June to 22nd July 2021. View the full results here and a breakdown of voting here

In 2022, Nominet members will be asked to elect three UKRAC members. This will commence the annual cycle of half the UKRAC being elected each year. Members who stand down are immediately eligible to stand for a full two-year term. 

The following table explains the role of a UKRAC member. We expect that the UKRAC will meet virtually for the next 12 months. The UKRAC members will ultimately decide the best location and format of meetings going forward. 

.UK Registry Advisory Council Member
Time 4-6 half day meetings a year + reviewing materials
Scope .UK registry - see Terms of Reference
Legal No legal duties
Election process One member/one vote - Single Transferable Vote
Length of term 2 years
Remuneration Reasonable expenses

Further details on the role of the UKRAC, the election process and expectations for UKRAC members, can be found in the Terms of Reference here.

Nominet has obtained external legal advice on the competition law aspects of the UKRAC which can be found here.

.UK Registry Advisory Council Timeline

History

Over the course of 2020 the Nominet Board considered how to create a clearer link between the membership and the company. From 1stFebruary – 1stMarch 2021 the Board sought member input on their proposal for an advisory council.  

In March 2021 we  announced  the formation of a working group to finalise the terms of reference and scope of the council, agree how to segment the Nominet membership to ensure appropriate representation from each constituency, and define the election process and timetable. This Design Group was drawn from respondents to the initial consultation.  

The Design Group met six times over March – May 2021. They discussed and debated many aspects of the new Council at length and sought to find solutions that would benefit the Nominet membership as a whole. The notes of their meetings are available below.  

Given constraints of time the Design Group were not able to discuss every aspect in detail, therefore the group acknowledged that not every element was subject to a final conclusion (including remuneration, frequency of meetings, term limits and the possibility of empty Council seats) and the recommendation put to the Board was one which avoided delays in launching the council. The group accepted the UKRAC may need to revisit some of these elements and if changes were required they would put forward further recommendations to the Board. 

The updated terms of reference were presented to the Nominet Board on 24th May 2021 where they were approved.  

Design Group Meeting Notes:

Meeting 1 – 15th March 2021

Meeting 2 – 29th March 2021

Meeting 3 – 12th April 2021

Meeting 4 – 26th April 2021

Meeting 5 – 10th May 2021

Meeting 6 – 17th May 2021

If you have comments or questions, please email [email protected]