Introducing Natasha Iles, our new Head of Development and Communications

Natasha in St Malo earlier this year.

In October we recruited for a role that we have long known will be critical to the sustainability of Wikimedia UK’s vital work. Having a Head of Development and Communications gives us a strategic approach to our public image, fundraising, and external outreach. We wanted the role to be in senior management, leading a new team consisting of Katie Crampton, our Communications and Governance Assistant, and another new role that we’re currently recruiting for, a Fundraising Development Coordinator. Though we had to postpone recruitment for the Head of Development and Communications due to lockdown, we’re pleased to announce that one month ago we found a candidate who we think is the perfect fit; Natasha Iles.

With a background in the corporate world, Natasha took a career change into the Third Sector over ten years ago knowing she wanted to make a broader, more positive impact with her skills. Since Natasha’s first charity role as a sole fundraiser and marketeer, she has developed to lead both fundraising and communications functions as an active member of senior management. Natasha holds a Diploma in Fundraising and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising.

When asked about her goals while working with us, Natasha outlined her aims for our new Development and Communications team to continue to increase visibility of our amazing programmes and activities across the UK. Natasha will also work to diversify our income streams. Like us, Natasha feels that increasing our profile and the positive impact of our work is vital to ensuring we continue breaking down the barriers to accessing and contributing to free knowledge.

Though she’s only been with us a few weeks, we’ve already seen incredible work from Natasha. To say she hit the ground running is a bit of an understatement! We’re very excited for everything she’s bringing to the team.