Declarations of Interest
All Wikimedia UK trustees are bound by the charity's Conflict of Interest Policy, the purpose of which is to ensure that all decisions and decision-making processes are, and are seen to be, free from personal bias and that they do not unfairly favour any trustee, committee member, or any associated person or organisation.
This page documents the declarations of interest that the current trustees have made, as required by that that policy. Older records may be found on the archive page.
Where there is - very exceptionally - an overriding need for a particular interest to be kept confidential having due regard to the charity's commitment to transparency, it is recorded privately on the office wiki, and details are sent in confidence to other trustees and to the chief executive. A conflicted trustee who is unable to disclose a relevant interest to fellow trustees and to the chief executive must step down from the board.
At the beginning of every board meeting and board committee meeting members are asked to disclose any conflict or potential conflict that may exist with respect to any item on the agenda. The minutes will record any such declarations, and the manner in which any conflict was handled.
No conflicts of personal interests nor conflicts of loyalties that could reasonably be seen as requiring to be disclosed and managed in connection with my directorship of Wikimedia UK
- I am employed as a fundraiser by NDCS, and previously by King's College London and Parkinson's UK. Wikimedia UK has worked with some of these organisations in the past, with occasional editathons, but there has been no financial commitment to these relationships. While the situation hasn't yet arisen, I would naturally recuse myself from discussions relating to a current or former employer if.
- I have been a member of the Liberal Democrats since 1997, and was a staff member there between 2002-2010. In May 2014 I was a Lib Dem candidate the London Borough of Lambeth. To avoid the appearance of a conflict of loyalties I would recuse myself from any discussions in Wikimedia UK regarding the Liberal Democrats or politically controversial topics. (If you look at my editing history, you will see that some of my first edits were on Lib Dem related topics, though none since 2006.)
- Some of the trainers in Midas Training Solutions also provide "Train the Trainer" workshops as part of the Liberal Democrats' volunteer training programme, and I went on such a training course in 2004. I also worked with some of those people (in a voluntary capacity on both sides) in developing and delivering training sessions. I was not involved in the decision to select Midas as the supplier of Wikimedia UK's "Train the Trainer" programme, which resulted from a fair and open tender process. While there is no financial interest, I am aware that there might be considered to be a conflict of loyalties in this situation, and I intend to recuse myself from similar matters in future.
I am not aware of any current or likely potential conflict of interest or loyalty. I have two other current directorships: (1) a Scottish animal-rescue centre, and (2) a company supporting the creation of open source software for the serious amateur or professional historical researcher/genealogist. In my previous role as partner of Kilburn & Strode LLP until March 2013 I provided legal (intellectual property) advice to a variety of clients, and acted adverse to a number of organizations. I am a bureaucrat at Wikimedia Commons, as well as a member of the OTRS team, in which roles I may have access to some limited non-public information. In the event that any of my activities give rise to a conflict or perception of conflict I will disclose that immediately and will update my public statement here.
During my life I have been involved with a number of charities as an employee and as a trustee. I have previously Cathedral Executive Officer at Ely Cathedral as well as CEO of St Mary' s Hospice. I am currently a trustee of Roehampton Parish Trust and a PCC member of Roehampton Parish Church. I am not aware that any of these current or past commitments could reasonably be seen as conflicting with my role at WMUK but will amend my statement if the situation changes.
I was an employee of the Charity Commission between 2003-2007 where I held a number of different positions. I did not work for the Commission when WMUK was registered as a charity and had no involvement in the process. I have since worked for political think tank Demos, and I am currently Chief Operating Officer at the Electoral Reform Society. I am not aware that any of these current or past commitments could reasonably be seen as conflicting with my role at WMUK.
I have a salaried post as Digital Access Manager at National Library of Scotland. From 2013-2015 the Library employed a Wikimedian-in-Residence, and to that end had a formal agreement with Wikimedia UK. WMUK initially part funded this post but subsequently was fully funded by the Library. I was the line manager of the Wikimedian.
The Library, in collaboration with WMUK , is preparing (April 2016) a funding application to an external agency for support for a further Wikimedian-in-Residence role. I will recuse from any Board discussion relating to this.
I am an elected Member of Council for the Europeana Foundation serving until at least December 2016 and a participant & occasional host for Open Knowledge Foundation Edinburgh chapter meetups.
I am a member of the Scottish National Party.
I am an employee of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), in which capacity I occasionally provide informal and unpaid advice to cultural heritage organisations, public sector bodies, broadcasters, commercial companies, civil servants, funding agencies and Government departments relating to open knowledge and technology. I provide this advice with due regard to any potential conflicts of interest and in the event of a possible conflict would recuse myself from the relevant Wikimedia UK Board discussions and decisions.
Current Trusteeships: I currently hold no other Trusteeships.
I have formerly held the following governance roles:
- Chair, Europeana Network & member of the Europeana Foundation Board
- Chair, International Council of Museums (UK)
- Councillor and Treasurer of CILIP
- Trustee of the Museums Association
- Trustee of the Golden Hinde Trust
- Trustee of the Museums & Galleries Disability Association
- I am a member of the UNESCO Blue Shield Committee for the UK
Directorships: I currently hold the following company Directorships
- Shibori Bags UK Ltd (Director)
- Museum and Gallery Services Ltd (Director)
- Insuremymuseum.com (Director)
I hold no political affiliation and am not aware of any conflict of interest or loyalty in my directorship of Wikimedia UK arising from the above.
Although now retired, there are some areas where I may still retain an interest, or may appear to have an interest that could potentially conflict:
- I used to have a part of UHY Hacker Young, who have acted as our auditors, as a client for my company until about 2008.
- I may still carry out some unpaid work for Metropolis 2 Ltd.
- I retired in 2014 as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the charity, Job Change, and Chair of the social enterprise, Job Change 2007.
- I retired in 2012 as Vice-Chair of the Regulations Committee of OCR.
- I have been a member of the Labour party for over 40 years, and during the 1980s and 1990s served on the National Executive of the Socialist Educational Association.
My directorships, past and present, may be viewed at http://company-director-check.co.uk/director/903881846
I serve on the board of WikiProject Med Foundation, a Wikimedia user group and thematic organisation to promote the development of medical content on Wikimedia projects. Although the objects of the organisation align with our own, I will nevertheless recuse from all discussions or decisions related to WPMEDF to ensure that any conflict of loyalties is avoided.
I am an employee of Leicester City Council, working as ICT Strategy Lead (Children’s Capital). I provide advice to the authority and to school communities relating to the use of technology to support education communities, including information relating to copyright, open educational practice and open educational resources.
I also undertake paid consultancy work, including delivering talks and workshops relating to the use of technology to support learning, education, and organisational development.
I currently hold no other Trusteeships or Directorships.
I am not a current or past member of any political party.
I am not aware of any current or likely potential conflicts of interest or loyalty arising from my personal interests, current employment, or any previous positions and associations. I will report any potential conflict of interest in relation to my role as Trustee for Wikimedia UK, and recluse myself from any related Board discussions and decisions.
I have no conflict of interests to register. I am a Trustee of the National Heritage Science Forum, which does not raise any potential conflict of interest. Should there be an conflict arising, I would make this known immediately.
Staff declarations of interests, should any occur, will be dealt with directly by the Chief Executive and may be recorded here as appropriate. The Chief Exec's interests are recorded here by default.
Lucy Crompton-Reid, Chief Executive
- Former employers: Apples and Snakes, House of Lords, Arts Council England, Refugee Council, Arts & Business, National Theatre, The Space
- Political affiliation: Member of the Green Party, Affiliated member of the Women's Equality Party