Many thanks to those of you who 'attended' our AGM on Saturday and to those
members who submitted a proxy vote. I'm very pleased to announce that the
three trustees who stood for the board were all elected, as follows:
Nick and Doug have both been on the board since July 2015 and so were
re-elected on Saturday. Kelly is a new trustee who I'm delighted to welcome
to the board for the first time.
All ordinary resolutions were passed by a majority vote. A special
resolution was also passed, to enable us to hold online or hybrid general
meetings in future.
We heard from Gavin Willshaw, Mass Digitisation Service Manager at the
National Library of Scotland, who gave a brilliant keynote
presentation on *Editing
Wikisource: how the National Library of Scotland responded to the
Coronavirus crisis. *There were also three really interesting, insightful
and varied lightning talks - from Andy Mabbett ('Wiki Hates Newbies'), Lesley
Mitchell and Dr tara Beall ('Protests and Suffragettes:
Highlighting 100 years of women’s activism in Govan/Glasgow,
Scotland') and Jason
Evans ('An update from Wales'). We will share videos from these talks soon.
I gave a short presentation with some updates from the global Wikimedia
movement - highlighting the current status of Wikimedia 2030 (the movement
strategy project), the rebranding project, the drafting of the Universal
Code of Conduct, and Wikipedia's upcoming 20th birthday.
As usual, the AGM was also an opportunity to present our annual awards,
which were as follows:
- *UK Wikimedian of the Year* - Caroline Ball for education work and
advocacy. She led a high-impact module at the University of Derby (124
articles improved, adding 50,000 words) and has been actively sharing her
experience and encouraging others to work with Wikipedia.
- *Honourable Mention* - Ian Watt for outreach work, training, and
efforts around Scotland's COVID-19 data
- *Partnership of the Year* - National Library of Scotland for the
renaissance in wiki work, spearheaded by Gavin Willshaw and the WikiSource
- *Honourable Mention* - University of Edinburgh for their trailblazing
work in education and Wikidata
- *Up and Coming Wikimedian* - A joint win for Emma Carroll (for the
phenomenal work on the Scottish Witch data project) and Laura Wood Rose
(excellent work supporting the Edinburgh residency and Women in Red events)
We also presented *Michael Maggs* with an Honorary Membership, in
recognition of his very significant contribution to the charity over a
number of years.
Many thanks to all staff, trustees and volunteers who contributed to the
day; and thanks again to those who attended.
If anyone has any questions about the AGM or related governance issues, do
please feel free to contact me (although I'm on annual leave for most of
this week so unless it's super urgent, I may not get back to you
+44 (0) 203 372 0762
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