Hello everyone,

It is with some sadness that I write to let you know that I have moved on to pastures new, and finished working for Wikimedia UK in the middle of September. I am sorry that I didn't write sooner but have been away on a much needed holiday.

Over the last three and a half years I have had the pleasure and privilege to work with some incredible people, both staff and volunteers. Being able to support the free and open knowledge movement in a professional capacity has been exciting, tiring, empowering, stressful, and the most incredible experience of my professional life.

Being able to make a contribution to this movement, for which I care deeply, has been an honour. I will continue to be involved as a volunteer, in the realms of communications, policy and advocacy.

There are too many people who have made such a positive impact on me personally and professionally to be able to name and thank them all individually. However, I do want to say a special thanks to my outstanding colleagues at Wikimedia UK who are the most talented and hard working group of people I have ever worked with. I want to also thank the volunteers and staff I have worked with closely over the years as Head of External Relations, especially in the areas of movement communications, campaigning, educational & IP policy, and digital democracy.

I've been lucky enough to meet, and work with, many smart and thoughtful people outside our movement and I hope that I've made a strong enough case for free and open knowledge for them to remain involved in this mission.

I'd love to continue to hear from you all so do feel free to email me – stevie.d.benton@gmail.com – or find me on Twitter or LinkedIn and thank you all once again for an amazing three and a half years.

With thanks and regards,


Stevie Benton
Head of External Relations
Wikimedia UK
+44 (0) 20 7065 0993 / +44 (0) 7803 505 173

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