As I said I spent a long weekend reading.
The current makeup of the board is this - the 3 appointed seats are Ken Lay whose first term ends at the end of 2019 but who will surely go onto a second term, Mel Green (the facebook chick) who’s first term ends at the end of 2020 (and who is obviously a woman anyway so replacing her with another woman doesn’t help the quota) and as Katie pointed out earlier …David Barham is about to be put into Lindsay’s old appointed seat meaning his first appointed term will end at the end of 2021.
It’s incredibly unlikely Ken will be thrown out after his first term and neither of the other two appointed seats can be used to bolster the number of women on the board by 2021.
Now a simple count back 3 years tells you that at the end of 2019 Simon Madden and Andrew Muir are up for re-election, in all likelihood they will be unopposed…same as last time due to no-one being stupid enough to run against a club legend. If anyone is dumb enough to challenge them they won’t win, thus at the end of 2020 (the last chance to meet the target) Wellman and Katie are up for re-election.
Wellman proved beyond any doubt last year that a former premiership player will win an election regardless of platform or lack of one, every single time, while Katie again is obviously a woman so even in the event someone beat her in an election (which is unlikely) they wouldn’t bolster the number of women - in fact they could halve it.
There simply are no available seats for another woman to be added to the board by 2021 without an additional seat being created or something extremely unusual happening with one of the current members as mentioned above.
This current board is locked in for the next couple of years at least, and by publicly entering a pledge like that on such a hotbed optical topic as gender in the workplace the club will be extremely keen to make sure they hit it.