It is with regret that Wikimedia UK announces that Mike Peel has resigned as a trustee of the charity.
Mike’s contributions both to the charity and to the wider Wikimedia movement are widely admired and respected. He became a Wikimedian in 2005 and was instrumental in the formation of Wikimedia UK. He has served on the charity’s Board continuously since its inception in 2008 performing in the roles of Chair and Secretary at various times. His contributions are far too numerous to list here – in fact it would be easier to list those projects he hasn’t been involved in.
Mike Peel, former trustee of Wikimedia UK, said: “Wikimedia UK has come a long way over the past five years and I am very proud to have played my part in its development. Wikimedia UK has faced some serious challenges over the past year and I wish the Board the best in dealing with the challenges of the future.”
Chris Keating, Chair of Wikimedia UK, said: “Mike is one of the people without whom Wikimedia UK wouldn’t exist. His good sense, dedication and hard work have been immensely important to the Board, as has his profound belief in the Wikimedia movement’s vision and values. He has played a particularly pivotal role in the last few years as Secretary and he will be greatly missed.”
Jon Davies, Chief Executive of Wikimedia UK, said: “Mike’s belief in the mission of Wikimedia UK is breathtaking – he has done every job there is to do and completely deserves his break from the board – we look forward to continuing to work closely with him.”
Mike is looking forward to being able to put more of his energy into the Wikimedia Foundation’s Funds Dissemination Committee, and also returning to contributing to the Wikimedia projects. He will also remain active as a volunteer with Wikimedia UK on projects such as our Llwybrau Byw / Living Pathways project.