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John Byrne stands down as the Treasurer and a trustee of Wikimedia UK


A photo of John Byrne in the Wikimedia UK office

John Byrne in the Wikimedia UK office

John Byrne has decided to stand down as the Treasurer and a trustee of Wikimedia UK. His resignation coincides with the end of our financial year.

John said: “Today I’m announcing, with regret, my resignation from the Board of Trustees of Wikimedia UK. I hope to pursue Wikimedia-related employment opportunities in the near future, and it is clear that in order to do so I should step down from the Board sooner rather than later.

“It has been a challenging and fascinating period for Wikimedia UK, and I have greatly enjoyed working with the staff, trustees and volunteers. I’m glad to be able to say that financial procedures and reporting are already vastly improved since I took over as (initially) Acting Treasurer last April.

“Wikimedia UK is poised to take things to a new level in the new financial year beginning on 1st February when we will introduce a new chart of accounts that will give us much better analysis and reporting, and a new version of the Sage accounting software. Of course I will continue to be involved as a volunteer in the UK Wikimedia community, and in particular with our GLAM outreach programme.”

The Wikimedia UK Board thanks John for all of his hard work as our Treasurer and we wish him well. We look forward to his continued involvement as a volunteer.

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6 Responses to “John Byrne stands down as the Treasurer and a trustee of Wikimedia UK”

  1. Richard Symonds says:

    Sad to see you go John. You stepped up to be treasurer when we needed one, and a fine treasurer you were too!

  2. Roger Bamkin says:

    A brilliant trustee and a leading volunteer. John became deservedly and popularly the UK Wikimedian of the year last year. The members and the board recognised that without John’s efforts we would never have become a registered charity. I remember seeing the lawyers papers when we applied to the Charity Commission and all the detailed parts were from John’s preparation. His thoughtful contributions as a trustee were always well considered and informed. He has also supported the British Museum in a brilliant way writing featured articles that makes me very humble. Thank you John.

  3. Andrew Turvey says:

    Absolutely! Thanks for all your help.

  4. Jon Davies says:

    Thanks John – you were very supportive of the staff’s efforts to make our systems some of the most transparent in the voluntary sector.

  5. kippelboy says:

    He is a true GLAM outreach montser! He helped a lot in our MuseumNext event in Barcelona last 2012 and with several other projects. Keep on rocking!

  6. John Byrne says:

    Thanks to all for these, and to those who have sent messages or commented elsewhere.

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