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Welcome to the engine room
This is a place to ask about and discuss the inner workings of the charity. To discuss our external projects and activities, see how you can get involved or suggest ideas that could help our charitable mission, head over to the water cooler.

Welcoming Lucy Crompton-Reid as CEO

From our chair, Michael Maggs:

I am very pleased to be able to announce today that we have been fortunate enough to secure as our new CEO Lucy Crompton-Reid, currently Director of the national live literature charity Apples and Snakes. Lucy brings extensive experience in volunteer engagement, organisational development, working with strategic partners, media, education, and securing external fundraising from trusts and foundations.

Over the course of her career Lucy has worked in both the charitable and public sectors, including most recently Head of Outreach at the House of Lords where she was strategic and operational lead for education and outreach activities. Before that, she worked at Arts Council England, initially developing strategic partnerships before setting up a new area office with local government and schools partnerships. As Refugee Week National Co-ordinator for the British Refugee Council, Lucy chaired the UK steering group of NGOs and charities, led on media activities, and facilitated hundreds of volunteer cultural events each year. Lucy is passionate about education and learning and is deeply committed to ensuring open access to knowledge and information.

Lucy will be joining us in early October. In the meantime, our interim CEO, D'Arcy Myers, will remain in post and will be working with Lucy to ensure a smooth handover. Please join me in offering Lucy a very warm welcome.

Michael Maggs

From our CEO-elect, Lucy Crompton-Reid:

I’m delighted to be joining Wikimedia UK this October as the charity’s new Chief Executive, and look forward to working with the staff team, board and volunteer community – as well as national and international partners – to develop the work of the organisation. This is a significant time for Wikimedia and for the open knowledge sector more broadly, with the potential to create unparalleled access to educational content, coupled with threats to limit public access to information and knowledge. With nearly 18 years' experience in the arts, charitable and public sectors, I'm passionate about participation, and excited about the opportunity to facilitate greater public engagement with online content and information through Wikipedia and its sister projects, and other Wikimedia UK initiatives.

Lucy Crompton-Reid

--MichaelMaggs (talk) 18:30, 13 July 2015 (BST)

May I give my congratulations to Lucy and I wish her well in her new role. CT Cooper · talk 21:40, 16 July 2015 (BST)

Membership management improvements

I just thought it might be useful to have a bit of a discussion before the AGM about what people think might be a better way to manage membership. What I would like is access to a secure page where I can review my membership and update my personal details, see a record of my volunteering, check when my next membership renewal is due etc. Something which could be considered is a printable volunteering record, perhaps in summary form, which could help people when applying for jobs, or proving volunteering activity if unemployed. I am sure this can be done in a way which means that once set up it would not require much staff time to keep running effectively. Leutha (talk) 08:46, 14 July 2015 (BST)

Volunteer strategy gathering registration

The registration asks you whether you would like to become a member of WMUK for £5. The only options for the answer to this are "yes" and "no" - there is no provision for "I am already a member". I answered "no" as I don't need to renew my membership at the moment, but it does meant that the metrics you get from the answers to this question are going to be unreliable. Thryduulf (talk: local | en.wp | en.wikt) 17:49, 14 July 2015 (BST)

Reminder of deadline for proxy votes at the AGM: This Wednesday at 3pm

We hope to welcome as many as possible at Saturday's AGM, where members will be able to vote in person. Members who are not able to attend can lodge proxy votes, both for the resolutions and for the candidates who are standing for the board. Voting papers and proxy forms were sent out by post last Wednesday, 15 July, and all members should have received them by now. This is just to remind anyone who intends to vote by proxy that as stated on the form the deadline for receipt of proxy votes (which can be by email to tellersatwikimedia.org.uk) is 3pm this Thursday, 23rd July - 48 hours before the start of the meeting. Instructions for voting by email can be found on the proxy form itself. --MichaelMaggs (talk) 20:11, 20 July 2015 (BST)


I left a message at the water cooler but it doesnt appear to have been seen. Could someone look? 15:10, 20 August 2015 (BST)

Q2 report card

Our report card for Q2 of the 2015–16 financial year can be found here: Strategy monitoring plan/Outcomes/Q2. Richard Nevell (WMUK) (talk) 16:42, 24 August 2015 (BST)

There is a problem with this website's security certificate

If try to view this wiki with IE, I get the message "There is a problem with this website's security certificate." With Firefox I get a similar message, but I can add an exception, which allows me to view it.

I don't really know why this is happening. Does anyone know what might be causing it?

Yaris678 (talk) 12:55, 3 September 2015 (BST)