I know that the practice of appointing directors to fill skills gaps is common in public companies. My personal opinion is that it isn’t a good fit with co-operative values or the democratic process. Especially in large co-ops there are member/owners who will have the skills being sought and it will take effort to find them. Sometimes it means thinking outside of the box – for instance a director with a background with emergency services (police, fire) may bring really strong risk experience to the board even if it isn’t financial risk. They have the thought process that can be used to think about financial risks. Alternatively the board can engage advisors to fill gaps when there is a need.