Wikimedia Foundation board member candidates wanted[edit | edit source]
The Wikimedia chapters, including Wikimedia UK, have issued the following open letter. Wikimedia UK thinks it is extremely important that the chapters make good choices for board members so ask you to read the letter and see if you can help.
To whom it may concern,
Can you, or someone you know, help guide Wikimedia Foundation through
the next exciting steps of its strategic development and growth?
The Wikimedia Chapters are looking for two candidates to sit on the
Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees for 2 years commencing in
July 2010. The new board members will be faced with the challenge of
helping decide the future direction of the only top-10 internet
property that is run by a non-profit organisation. The Wikimedia
websites are constructed by hundreds of thousands of volunteers
world-wide, supported by a small but growing number of staff and an
international network of chapters.
The successful candidates will most importantly be committed to the
Wikimedia mission and willing to work with the various stakeholders of
the Wikimedia movement, including the volunteers and the chapters that
provide essential support for the movement. They will have the time to
do this, with the appropriate communication skills (including a good
standard of English) and ability to work as a team. They will also be
able and willing to travel, and have an international attitude.
The candidates will ideally be open-minded with experience of
international affairs and governance techniques. They will have good
communication skills, as well the ability to think strategically and
to work independently as well as part of a team.
The process that will be followed for this selection can be viewed
All nominations must be sent to the moderator (Thomas Dalton from
Wikimedia UK) and deputy moderator (José Spierts from Wikimedia
Nederlands) by 23:59 UTC 17th May. If you would like to nominate
yourself or someone else, please see the instructions here:
The chapters wish to locate truly excellent board members and believe
that can best be done if there are a large number of varied and
quality candidates to consider. Therefore, the chapters ask that
everyone that thinks they, or someone they know, would be a good board
member submit a nomination. They also ask that this call for
candidates be distributed as widely as possible on mailing lists,
village pumps, blogs, etc..