I've been asked by the board to send out the following statement on their
behalf. This will be passed on to the full membership shortly, but it was
though prudent to get it out to the mailing list tonight.

The Board of Wikimedia UK today announced the appointment of Chris Keating
as its new Chair. This appointment is effective immediately.

Doug Taylor, another leading Wikimedian with thirty years experience of the
non-profit and charity sectors was appointed Vice Chair in support.

Chris has a background in fundraising and campaigning, and he is a
long-standing Wikipedia editor and administrator. 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. His skills and experience will be invaluable as he leads us
through a busy, productive and important period.

The Board wishes to thank Ashley Van Haeften for his excellent
contributions as Chair of our charity. There is no doubt that he will
continue to perform well as a Trustee and volunteer, particularly in his
GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) work, where he is a
leader in the field. He continues as Chair of the Wikimedia Chapters

This change in leadership will not affect the day to day operations of
Wikimedia UK as a functioning charity. The Board looks forward to
supporting the Wikimedia community as we continue to work towards our

On behalf of the Board of Wikimedia UK,

Richard Symonds
Wikimedia UK
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