Huge thanks to Davina for all her diligent work on behalf of Wikimedia UK over the years,
and very best wishes for her retirement. Congratulations too to Richard, Sara and Karla
on their promotions, and Daria on her secondment. I’m sure the new appointments will help
to ensure Wikimedia UK goes from strength to strength in the New Year.
On 21 Dec 2022, at 08:57, Michael Maggs
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Woah, some significant changes there. Congratulations to Richard, Sara and Karla on their
new roles, and very best wishes to Davina on her retirement and Daria on her secondment.
Merry Christmas to you all
20 December 2022 at 13:47
I wanted to let you know about some changes to the Wikimedia UK staff team which will be
taking place from the start of January 2023.
Firstly, our longstanding Director of Finance and Operations, Davina Johnson, is retiring.
Many thanks are due to Davina for all her work to ensure the smooth running of the
organisation, particularly our finances - which have only become more complicated over the
last few years. At the start of January we will be welcoming a new Head of Finance and
Operations, Sharon Mitcheson, who brings senior management experience in both areas and
who is currently a General Manager in the cultural sector. Davina will be working with
Sharon in January to ensure a smooth transition of this vital function.
Our Director of Programmes and Evaluation, Daria Cybulska, is taking on a part time
secondment at the Sheila McKechnie Foundation until July 2023. This has expedited some
overdue changes within the growing programmes team, with two members of staff now moving
into management roles. These are as follows:
Dr Richard Nevell, currently one of our Programme Coordinators, will become Programme
Manager with responsibility for England and major projects. Richard will maintain his
delivery role alongside his new line management responsibilities.
Dr Sara Thomas, currently Programme Coordinator for Scotland, will become Programme
Manager with responsibility for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and Volunteers. Sara
will maintain her delivery role in Scotland but will be moving from three days a week to
As part of our review of the existing programmes team we have promoted Karla Marte,
currently Programme Evaluation Assistant, to Programme Evaluation Coordinator, in
recognition of the level at which she is working.
There have been some other small changes within the team that you may be unaware of.
Earlier this year, we appointed a new Finance and Operations Coordinator, Chuks Ogbonna.
This full time role replaced two part time roles vacated in 2021. Chuks has also taken
over governance responsibilities from Katie Crampton, enabling her to focus on
We will be updating the wiki page about the staff team in the new year.
I'm sure you will join me in congratulating staff on their appointments/promotions and
wishing Davina all the best in her retirement. If you have any questions or comments about
any of this, please do get in touch.
With best wishes for a wonderful festive season!
Lucy Crompton-Reid (she/her)
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