Chief Executive

Greater London area
15 Jul 2011
01 Aug 2011
Fiona Wansborough
Full Time
Contract Type

Wikimedia UK is a not-for-profit association set up to promote and support Wikipedia, its sister projects, and other open educational resources in the UK.  We were established in 2008 and are one of around thirty similar associations in countries, working with museums, universities, businesses and media companies to make more freely licensed content available and to help other people re-use open content. We are a volunteer-led organisation and we see volunteers continuing to play a central role in all our activities.

Wikimedia UK has applied to the Charity Commission to be recognised as a UK charity. Our income is over £600,000 and we have over 200 members. There are approximately 15,000,000 people in the UK who regularly use Wikimedia projects and 10,000 people who regularly contribute to them.

Chief Executive      Location:  Flexible (within the UK)
Salary circa £52,000

With ambitious plans for growth and an active Board of Trustees, we are now entering an exciting new phase and are seeking to appoint our first Chief Executive.

Working collaboratively with the Board, you will strategically lead and grow our reach significantly in the UK to enable greater access to information, developing the organisation from its earliest stages including implementing sound systems and processes, facilitating the contribution of volunteers and building a high performing team to deliver our vision. 

Acting as our ambassador, you will maintain a positive profile of Wikimedia UK with the media and network with organisations across all sectors, developing further partnerships as well as relationships with funding bodies.  Building on our current projects, you will also lead the team in investigating and developing opportunities to diversify our work, utilising your knowledge of the online community. 

With exceptional communication and relationship building abilities, you are experienced at leading effectively at senior level and working collaboratively with a non-executive board, and will thrive in a small and high-growth, start-up environment. 

A commitment to the ethos of Wikimedia UK and the centrality of volunteers is essential. 

Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK. 

For an application pack, please contact Rebecca Green at or on 020 7691 1920.  For an informal discussion, contact Fiona Wansborough on 020 7691 1920. 

Closing date: Monday 1st August 10am

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