The gavel has passed - 18th Aug 2015

The 2014/15 ISA Board of Directors (photo C/o the ISA)

  • Gavel | (noun) a small hammer with which an auctioneer, a judge, or the chair of a meeting hits a surface to call for attention or order

Our Academic Manager, Mark Roberts ended his term as the President of the International Society (ISA) on August 12 at the close of the 2015 ISA Annual Conference and Trade Show in Orlando, Florida.

Although the ceremonial passing of the gavel (where the outgoing President passes over control of the meeting to the incoming President) occurred at the opening ceremony, the presidential term ends at the close of the conference.

Mark posted on the Thoughtplanters Facebook page; "… it’s been an honor and a pleasure. 13 good years and so many good people, I suspect I'll miss it and I know I'll miss them".

Mark was appointed as the NZ Arboricultural Association’s representative to the ISA Board of Directors in 2002. There he served two terms before being elected onto the ISA's Executive Committee where he also served two terms before being elected as President.

During my time with the ISA we have gone from a 50 plus person super committee to an effective 15 person operating Board. It has been a long transition, mainly as it required 75% of the committee to vote themselves out of existence. The ISA has adopted a style of policy governance based on the Carver model where the Board provide direction through ‘ends statements’ – where the Board want the organisation to ‘end’ up.  By using this style of governance the Board remain strategic and allow staff under the control of the Executive Director to work operationally – its hard keeping strategic and not interfering with the detail, but it's the right thing to do and the most efficient way of doing it.

Mark was the youngest President and the first person from the Southern Hemisphere to take on the position. ' I never had aspirations of becoming President or anything like that, it was just a Kiwi thing; when there was work to be done I stood up and said I’ll do it. I must have done something right because they kept asking me to do more and electing me into higher and higher positions'.

Mark Roberts passed the gavel on to de Gourét Litchfield of Sweden - 'de Gourét is a good man, and even though the ISA is truly international having a Swedish President follow on from a New Zealander will help quite the few that still believe that the ISA is limited to America'.

« Back to News
PO Box 132183, Sylvia Park, Auckland 1644
Copyright © Thoughtplanters.
site powered by - Turboweb :: Simple Web Manager
site powered by - Turboweb :: Simple Web Manager