We have written an open letter to Sue about this
decision. A copy of our
letter to Sue can be found here on the Wikimedia UK wiki.
This open letter may have some emotive reason for being produced, but
after reviewing it carefully, I can see no strategic value for WMUK by
It comes as no surprise for anyone with a reasonable understanding of
WMF politics that Sue Gardner has made this decision. The surprise
here is that Jon Davies (WMUK CEO) thought he had invested his time
over the last two years forming a relationship with the right person
within the WMF hierarchy that would take different action, or that he
was following effective tactics by using appeasing politics, in order
to achieve a different outcome in time for 2014/15.
This official letter criticises the outgoing CEO's judgement
(exceedingly pointless), and I read nothing in its content to address
how WMUK is making the significant management changes that would
convince those that think along Sue's lines to make a difference for
coming years. How Jon Davies believes this will impress the new WMF
CEO is beyond me.
Hopefully the superb exemplars of WMFR and WMDE in how they have, and
continue to, radically change their course is something that the
current WMUK board of trustees are taking to heart behind closed
doors. Certainly, *they* have said little in public.