Wikimedia UK announces election of new Board members

Wikimedia UK is pleased to report the election of four trustees to the Board of the charity by its membership. The election took place at yesterday’s Annual General Meeting in Lincoln.

Saad Choudri was previously co-opted to the Board of Wikimedia UK in September 2012. He has taken a very active role and and has been involved in projects such as Wikimania 2014 and continues to work on the transfer of QRpedia to the charity. Saad works as a lawyer in the video games industry.

Greyham Dawes was co-opted to the Board of Wikimedia UK in February 2013, replacing John Byrne as Honorary Treasurer. He has worked hard to make sure the charity’s accounts are ready for submission to the Charity Commission and Companies House. Greyham is a chartered accountant and has extensive experience of charitable governance.

Michael Maggs will be serving on the Board for the first time. He is a bureaucrat on Wikimedia Commons and is currently a key member of the Wiki Loves Monuments steering group. Michael worked as a patent attorney for many years until his recent retirement.

Alastair McCapra will also be serving on the Board for the first time. He has previous experience of governance, having served as a trustee of Birkbeck College. He also sits on the Finance Committee of the Construction Industry Council. Alastair is currently the Chief Executive of the Landscape Institute.

All successful candidates have been elected by our members to serve terms of two years. You can read the candidates’ election statements here and their answers to pre-election questions here

Wikimedia UK congratulates the successful candidates and looks forward to their contributions to our charity. The charity also wishes to place on record its thanks to those candidates who were unsuccessful and hopes they will continue to be active in our movement.

Finally, and importantly, the trustees and staff of Wikimedia UK wish to say a heartfelt thank you to Doug Taylor, who decided not to stand for re-election. Doug has made an outstanding contribution to our charity as a trustee over the last year. We are sure he will continue to make excellent contributions as a volunteer.