Recently Wikimedia UK announced the co-option of two new Trustees to the Board of our charity, Kate West and Carol Campbell. Kate and Carol have provided brief biographies to introduce themselves to the community.
Kate is an operations and resource management professional and has worked for a variety of high-profile, non-profit organisations. She is Chief Operating Officer at the Electoral Reform Society and responsible for the smooth running of the Society’s finances, governance systems and internal operations. Kate previously managed operations at the political think tank Demos and worked for six years at the Charity Commission.
Kate said: “I am delighted to be joining the Wikimedia UK Board and am looking forward to helping the charity continue to grow and achieve its mission of supporting free and open knowledge for all.”
Carol is a former charity CEO who has worked in the hospice sector, the arts, a special school and a cathedral. She is currently involved in voluntary work mentoring a new senior manager and putting a quinquennial programme in place for a church. She is married, has a daughter living in Tokyo and is owned by Gem, a curly guide dog.
Carol said: “I am looking forward to working with Wikimedia UK, particularly in the field of strategy, governance and working with volunteers. I have been involved in the charity sector for most of my working life, in both a managerial and a voluntary capacity. One of my abiding passions is empowerment and the role of Wikimedia in supporting this agenda is particularly exciting to me.”
Welcoming Kate and Carol, Chris Keating, Chair of Wikimedia UK, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Carol and Kate to our Board. They each have a wealth of experience of governance, gained in community-driven organisations, and will bring very valuable perspectives to Wikimedia UK.”
The terms of both Carol and Kate run until the end of September 2015.