Angela Beesley Starling

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Angela Beesley Starling
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Angela Beesley in 2005
Born (1977-08-03) 3 August 1977 (age 37)
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Residence New South Wales[1]
Alma mater Aston University[2]
Known for Co-founder of Wikia; member of the advisory board and former member of the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Title Co-founder
Spouse(s) Tim Starling (2008–present)

Angela Beesley Starling (born 3 August 1977)[2] is a co-founder of Wikia, and its former[3] vice president for community relations.[4][5] Involved in Wikipedia since 2003, Beesley was elected to the Board of Trustees of the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation in 2004, and re-elected in 2005.[6][7] During this time, she was active in editing content and setting policy, such as privacy policy, within the Foundation.[8] She resigned from the board in July 2006.[9][10]

In October 2004, Beesley founded a for-profit Wiki hosting service with Jimmy Wales called Wikia.[11] She also sits on the advisory board of the media archive Ourmedia.[5] Since 21 February 2006, she has been a member of the Communications Committee of the Wikimedia Foundation.[12] She is a member of the Foundation's Advisory Board.[13] She contributed a chapter to the book Wikis: Tools for Information Work and Collaboration.[14]

Beesley grew up in Maidstone and Colchester[2] and was admitted to a Bachelor of Science honours degree in human psychology from Aston University in 2000,[15] where she started studies in 1996.[16] Before joining the board of the Wikimedia Foundation, she had worked at the Aston Dyslexia and Developmental Assessment Centre and the National Foundation for Educational Research, based in Berkshire.[2] On 8 February 2012, Beesley announced she was leaving Wikia to launch a startup called,[3] an Australian company selling material for educational activities for children.[17]


  1. ^ End of 2009 – October on, December 30, 2009 by Angela Beesley
  2. ^ a b c d "Wikimedia Press Information, August 2005" (PDF). Wikimedia. Retrieved 22 June 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Angela Beesley. "User blog:Angela/Leaving Wikia - Wikia Community Central". Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  4. ^ "Wiki sites proliferate, but can they profit?". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 6 December 2007. With financing from technology luminaries like Marc Andreessen and Mitchell Kapor, he and Angela Beesley started Wikia, which includes 1,500 separate wikis, from the Star Wars-focused Wookieepedia to user-generated pages on depression. 
  5. ^ a b Turner, Adam (5 November 2005). "Quest for the universal Wiki". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 8 June 2007. Retrieved 7 July 2007. 
  6. ^ Robert Levine (7 August 2006). "The Many Voices of Wikipedia, Heard in One Place". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ Ryan Singel (7 September 2006). "Wonderful Wiki Sidebar". Wired News. 
  8. ^ Riehle, Dirk. "How and Why Wikipedia Works: An Interview with Angela Beesley, Elisabeth Bauer, and Kizu Naoko",, 2006.
  9. ^ David Adams (22 February 2007). "Fast facts found online". The Age (Australia). 
  10. ^ "Angela Beesley resigns from Wikimedia Foundation board", Wikimedia Foundation press release, 7 July 2006.
  11. ^ Pink, Daniel. "The Book Stops Here". In Brendan I. Koerner. The Best of Technology Writing 2006. University of Michigan Press. p. 116. ISBN 0-472-03195-3. 
  12. ^ "Resolution creation communications committee", Wikimedia Foundation, 26 September 2006.
  13. ^ "Advisory Board — Wikimedia Foundation". Archived from the original on 27 April 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2007. 
  14. ^ "Wikis: Tools for Information Work and Collaboration",, 14 June 2006.
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