[okfn-advisory] Leadership transition update and thank you to outgoing CEO

Peter Murray-Rust pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Thu Dec 18 10:34:07 UTC 2014

I'd like to join in the thanks. Quite by chance was having dinner with
Laura last night as she is on the advisory board of the ContentMine
project, and so I got a lot of update.

As a 10-year old member of the advisory council I am completely committed
to the success of the OKF (we decided I can now say OKI) and perhaps this
is a catalyst for the Council to have a more regular input...

On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 10:25 AM, Laura James <laura.james at okfn.org> wrote:
> *This is a joint email from Open Knowledge CEO Laura James and Open
> Knowledge Founder and President Rufus Pollock:In September we announced
> that Laura James, our CEO, is moving on from Open Knowledge and we are
> hiring a new Executive Director. The recruitment process for the Executive
> Director has been moving forward apace with the final deadline for
> applications on the 2nd January.We’ve been successful in finding interim
> senior management support, to enable Laura to pursue her other interests
> whilst recruitment of the Executive Director continues. Laura will be
> leaving us formally towards the end of January and is stepping out of
> day-to-day operational engagement from the end of this week as we head into
> Christmas. From Rufus: I want to express my deep appreciation for
> everything that Laura has done. She has made an immense contribution to
> Open Knowledge over the last 3 years and has been central to all we have
> achieved. As a leader, she has helped take us through a period of
> incredible growth and change. I wish her every success on her future
> endeavours. I am delighted that Laura will be continuing to advise and
> support Open Knowledge, including joining our Advisory Council. I am deeply
> thankful for everything she has done to support both Open Knowledge and me
> personally during her time with us.From Laura: It’s been an honour and a
> pleasure to work with and support Open Knowledge, and to have the
> opportunity to work with so many brilliant people and amazing projects
> around the world. It’s bittersweet to be moving on from such a wonderful
> organisation, but I know that I am leaving it in great hands, with a smart
> and dedicated management team and a new leader joining shortly. Open
> Knowledge will continue to develop and thrive as the catalyst at the heart
> of the global movement around freeing data and information, ensuring
> knowledge creates power for the many, not the few. In particular, thank you
> to all the community members who have been incredibly welcoming and
> supportive to me. Your hard work and energy is very impressive and
> humbling, and your achievements over the last few years have been wonderful
> to see. I know that 2015 will see even more successes from around the Open
> Knowledge network, and I’m looking forward to finding out what great things
> you all do next!Laura’s work in supporting local groups and working groups,
> particularly with advice on group sustainability, strategy, and Chapter
> set-up will be taken on by Naomi Lillie and Sander van der Waal, whose
> combined expertise will be very helpful there. Best wishes for 2015,Laura &
> Rufus*
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Peter Murray-Rust
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
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