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Chief Executive

The Organisation

Wikimedia UK is dedicated to collecting, developing, promoting and distributing open knowledge: knowledge that everyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute without any restrictions.

Wikimedia UK is in a special position to make an impact on open knowledge across both the educational and cultural sectors. The charity helps people and organisations create and preserve open knowledge and provide easy access for all. It also supports volunteer editors and contributors, works in partnership with cultural and educational institutions, hosts training sessions and editing events, and advocates the benefits of open knowledge.

The Search

Prospectus was invited to undertake the search for Wikimedia UK’s new Chief Executive. We were looking for candidates who could develop a dynamic strategic plan that would see Wikimedia UK increase open knowledge, work with more volunteers and secure sustainable funding. We sought a creative and natural leader with a consultative style with the ability to include a wide range of stakeholders who had strong experience of building relationships with funders, particularly trusts and foundations, who had secured growth, developed propositions and managed change. Prospectus mapped and identified suitable individuals within membership, arts and culture organisations as well as media, communications and digital charities and GLAM bodies (galleries, libraries, archives and museums).

The Appointment

Prospectus is delighted to confirm that Lucy Crompton-Reid has been appointed as Wikimedia UK’s new Chief Executive. Lucy is currently Chief Executive at Apples and Snakes, a performance poetry organisation, where she has diversified income and projects, secured charity partners and raised the organisation’s profile. Previously, she worked in an outreach capacity with the House of Lords opening up parliament, decision making and expertise to the public and at the Arts Council England, developing strategic partnerships and setting up a new area office. Lucy was the first member of staff from Arts Council England to be selected to attend the Clore Leadership Programme’s leadership development course and was selected to be part of Clore’s pilot development programme for Chairs and Chief Executives working in the cultural and voluntary sector. She was recently invited to join the Southbank Centre’s inaugural Women in Leadership Mentoring Scheme. Lucy will start her new role in October.