Welcoming our new Chief Executive

  • September 26, 2011

I am delighted to announce that we have offered the position of Chief Executive to Jon Davies and he has accepted. He will start on 1 October 2011, in time to help us prepare for the annual fundraiser that is due to start on 1 November.

Many of you will have met Jon at the September Wikimeet, along with the other finalists. He is the former Chief Executive of Families need Fathers, Britain’s leading shared parenting charity, and a former leader of the London Cycling Network. He will be coming along to the 50th London Wikimeet and the Wikimedia UK EGM on 16th October, where he is keen to meet as many people as possible and hear how they would like the chapter to develop.

Jon is a fantastic find for us. His skills and experience – working with volunteer led organisations and leading charities though periods of change and growth in activities – are just what we have been looking for. His consensual approach is a natural fit to Wikimedian culture and his confident and reassuring manner will be invaluable in the times of change ahead. I am very confident that he will be a very successful addition to the chapter.

Finding and choosing the right person would not have been possible without the help of many people along the way. I would like to thank everyone involved in this. In particular, thanks go to:

Please give your every support to Jon when he starts and let me know if you have any further queries about his role.

Andrew Turvey

Wikimedia UK

10 thoughts on “Welcoming our new Chief Executive”

  1. Congratulations — this is a big step for Wikimedia UK. Welcome, Jon; I look forward to working with you.

    All best,

  2. Good news! Warm welcome from the PR-staff of WMDE – Jon, if you need any help don’t hesitate to contact us.

  3. Thanks to everyone and Tot Ziens Ziko.

    Until we get an office I am working from home and looking at the piles of things that need doing but with great excitement.
    Was at Coventry on Saturday meeting Wikemidians and helping a bit I hope. Really brilliant work going on with the staff of the Herbert Museum. Congratulations to everyone.

  4. Good luck to all at Wikimedia UK. Of course you could have saved a boatload of money by opening your offices outside London!

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