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The Board is responsible for the majority of the day to day running of the chapter and is elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. Members of the Board act as Directors of the company and as trustees of the charity. Legal duties and responsibilities of board members are set out below.

Board members

Wikimedia UK board as of 8 December 2013

The figure in brackets denotes the AGM at which the trustee was elected:

See also Trustee officer roles.

Biographies

Michael Maggs

Michael Maggs

Michael is currently Chair of Wikimedia UK (since December 2013). He has been a trustee of Wikimedia UK since June 2013. He is a retired patent attorney and a current Commons bureaucrat.

Michael chairs the board's governance committee and is the board liaison for the Technology Committee.

Michael's term runs until the 2015 AGM.

Email: michael.maggsatwikimedia.org.uk

Alastair McCapra

Alastair McCapra

Alastair is currently Secretary of the Board of Wikimedia UK (since July 2013). He has been a trustee of Wikimedia UK since June 2013 and sits on the Audit and Risk Committee.

Alastair's term runs until the 2015 AGM.

Email: alastair.mccapraatwikimedia.org.uk

Greyham Dawes

Greyham Dawes

Greyham has been treasurer and trustee of Wikimedia UK since February 2013. He is a professional financial adviser specialising in regulatory compliance, charity governance and restructuring and public accountability, drawing on extensive knowledge and experience gained as head of accountancy policy at the Charity Commission in the nineties. He provides pro bono advice in these areas to the charity sector generally, serves on a number of standing committees for best practice in charity financial reporting and is well known for his books, essays and lectures on that topic.

He is a chartered accountant, an independent member of the audit committee at SCOPE, chair of the finance & audit committee as a non-executive director of the British School of Osteopathy and hon. treasurer of the Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers.

Greyham sits on the Audit and Risk Committee and the Governance Committee.

Greyham's term runs until the 2015 AGM.

Email: greyham.dawesatwikimedia.org.uk

Chris Keating

Chris Keating

Chris Keating is a professional fundraiser, campaigner and long-standing Wikipedia editor. He is an administrator of the English Wikipedia where his contributions range from the article on the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead to the one on the dreadnought battleship. Elected to the Board of Wikimedia UK in April 2011, his main priority is making sure Wikimedia UK communicates well with the Wikimedia community and with our other supporters. Chris served as Chair of Wikimedia UK between August 2012 and December 2013. He also took a lead on the 2011 Fundraiser.

Outside of both work and the Wikiworld, Chris is a keen amateur violinist and "an even more amateur photographer". You can find him on Wikipedia as The Land and on Twitter as @chriskeating.

Chris's term runs until the 2014 AGM. You can view Chris's candidate statement at the 2012 AGM.

Email: chris.keatingatwikimedia.org.uk

Saad Choudri

Saad Choudri

Saad has been a trustee of Wikimedia UK since September 2012. He is a practising solicitor in the video games industry and has offered legal advice pro bono in the past.

Saad's term runs until the 2015 AGM.

Email: saad.choudriatwikimedia.org.uk

Carol Campbell

Carol Campbell

Carol has been a trustee of Wikimedia UK since October 2013. She has extensive experience of volunteer organisations and brings strong conflict-management and relationship-building skills to the board. She was previously Cathedral Executive Officer at Ely Cathedral. She sits on the Audit and Risk and Technology Committees.

Carol's co-opted term runs until the end of September 2015.

Kate West

Kate West

Kate has been a trustee of Wikimedia UK since October 2013. She is Chief Operating Officer at the Electoral Reform Society, and brings strong governance, management, policy and planning skills. She is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Governance Committee and also deals with board-level HR issues (she is the trustee who counter-signs staff annual reviews and will adjudicate in the event of any disagreement).

Kate's co-opted term runs until the end of September 2015.

Padmini Ray Murray

Padmini Ray Murray

Padmini is an academic with significant knowledge of the University Education field; she lectures at Stirling University on subjects including social media and participatory technologies. She sits on the GLAM and Education Committees.

Padmini's co-opted term runs until 17th November 2015.

Simon Knight

Simon Knight

Simon is a PhD student who has been very active with Wikimedia UK in education projects including as an EduWiki speaker; his research interests focus on learning analytics and open content education and cover such issues as using Wikipedia as a platform to support information literacy. He is the charity's Vice Chair (since March 2014), and he also acts as the Trustee representative on the Grants and Education Committees.

Simon's term as a replacement Elected Director runs until the 2014 AGM.

Joseph Seddon

Joseph Seddon

Joseph is a highly experienced Wikimedian who will be well known to many in both the UK and wider communities; he was previously a hands-on director of Wikimedia UK before it became a charity, and has been following our progress closely and attempting to provide quiet advice ever since. He sits on the Governance, Technology and GLAM Committees.

Joseph's term as a replacement Elected Director runs until the 2014 AGM.

Timeline

User:Sjgknight User:Mccapra User:MichaelMaggs User:Johnbod User:Joscelyn User:RexxS User:Fæ User:MartinPoulter User:The Land User:Victuallers User:Tango User:Skenmy User:Seddon User:Seddon User:Zeyi User:Mike Peel User:Warofdreams User:Cfp User:AndrewRT User:KTC

Duties

Board members have certain legal duties and responsibilities, which include: [1]

  1. To act only within the powers given to them by the Articles of Association
  2. To act in good faith and with integrity to promote the success of the chapter in achieving its purposes, with regard, where necessary to long term effects and the interests of employees, the community, the environment, relations with suppliers and customers, standards of business conduct and fair acting between members of the chapter
  3. To use the chapter's resources reasonably and only for the promotion of its purposes
  4. To exercise independent judgement and reasonable care, skill and diligence and consider getting external professional advice on all matters where there may be material risk to the chapter, or where the board members may be in breach of their duties
  5. To avoid conflicts of interest, declare them where necessary in accordance with applicable law and not to accept benefits from third parties where these may give rise to a conflict of interest
  6. To avoid undertaking activities that might place the chapter's assets or reputation at undue risk, ensure that the chapter remains solvent.

In addition, the chapter's Board members are personally required to ensure that the chapter complies with its other legal duties such as those arising from being an employer and its reporting obligations to Companies House and the tax authorities.

To be eligible to act as a Board member, a person must be: [2]

  1. A member of the chapter
  2. 16 years old or over
  3. prepared to publicly disclose their real name, date of birth, and the names of any other companies they are the director of. Note that residential addresses are no longer disclosable.
  4. not an undischarged bankrupt, a person whose estate has been "sequestrated", who has made an undischarged arrangement with creditors or has granted a trust deed in favour of their creditors
  5. not disqualified from acting as a company director or removed as a charity trustee by the Charity Commission, the High Court or the Court of Session (Scotland)
  6. not convicted of any offence involving deception or dishonesty which is not a "spent" conviction - even if it was not in the UK

References

  1. See here, guidance here and here
  2. See here and here