[OSGeo-Discuss] Fwd: Charter member nomination: Ben Caradoc-Davies

Vasile Craciunescu vasile at geo-spatial.org
Wed Sep 6 21:48:25 PDT 2017

Forwarding Ben Caradoc-Davies nomination by Jody Garnett. The 2017 
member nominations list was updated [1].

Best regards,
Vasile & Jeff
2017 OSGeo Elections CROs

[1] https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/New_Member_Nominations_2017

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: 	Charter member nomination: Ben Caradoc-Davies
Date: 	Wed, 6 Sep 2017 13:45:48 -0700
From: 	Jody Garnett <jody.garnett at gmail.com>
To: 	Chief Returning Officer <cro at osgeo.org>
CC: 	OSGeo Discussions <discuss at lists.osgeo.org>, Ben Caradoc-Davies 
<ben at transient.nz>

*name:* Ben Caradoc-Davies
*country:* New Zealand
*contact email:* ben at transient.nz <mailto:ben at transient.nz>

Ben Caradoc-Davies is a longstanding member of the GeoServer community - 
first with his role at the Australian research group "CSIRO" and more 
recently as a independent contractor from is native New Zealand.

As a contributor Ben has demonstrated excellent leadership (volunteering 
with the GeoServer Project Steering Committee and GeoTools Project 
Management Committee) and mentoring of new contributors by answering 
questions, offering encouragement, backed by kind words and constructive 

Ben is exceptionally generous with his time: willing to take on the day 
to day challenges of running a project, leading meetings, issuing 
multiple releases a year, and stepping in for emergencies. The team has 
come to depend on Ben's dedication to quality watching out for the build 
servers and monitoring the travis automated builds.

Ben is also takes on some of the harder open source challenges for the 
foundation as a whole. In my time as an OSGeo board member Ben has 
helped clearly articulated our legal questions, and taken part in 
meetings with our legal council.

I also had the privilege of organizing a foss4g-au event with Ben and 
follow his open source advocacy work in Australia.

Although it is perhaps not a character reference I personally appreciate 
Ben's coding and communication skills. His ability to contribute code in 
a consistent, professional manner, and his communication skills make 
working on the GeoServer project that much easier.

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