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My name is Paul Wilkinson (not to be confused with the political scientist or the footballer) and I live in Blackheath, London in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. I have previously lived in other parts of London (including Kingsbury - where I was born - St John's Wood, Kilburn, Islington, Mile End, Kennington and the Maze Hill and Westcombe Park districts of Greenwich). Before adult life in London, I grew up in other parts of England - notably Nantwich, south Cheshire and Leicester (I studied public administration at Leicester Polytechnic).
I started editing on 3 October 2003 (the first article I created was Greenwich Park), and have drifted away from time to time, only to find myself drawn back for sometimes quite intense periods of editing. My edits total passed the 10,000 mark in May 2009, and 20,000 in February 2016.
My interests mainly relate to:
- the geography and local history of places in south-east London, and the people associated with them (particularly civil engineers and architects, but also artists, writers, politicians and others)
- cycling (I am a member of Woolwich Cycling Club)
- football (I am a Crewe Alexandra supporter) - In late 2016, as the subject expanded beyond Crewe, I started an article that became the United Kingdom football sexual abuse scandal.
- criminology - I have written about London prisons and about magistrates (I did a PhD - awarded 1993 - at London School of Economics on sentencing practice in English magistrates' courts, and once worked for the Magistrates' Association).
- construction - working in the construction industry (since 1987) often gets me delving into architecture and civil engineering, particularly tunnels, dams and bridges, both recent and historic, in the UK and overseas. More recently, I have tried to expand Wikipedia's coverage of industry membership and trade associations, and have contributed on construction computing topics, such as building information modelling (outside of Wikipedia, I have written a book and journal articles and I write a blog about certain niche areas of construction ICT; I am also on the information systems panel of the Institution of Civil Engineers).
I worked for the Halcrow Group (1987- 1994), Tarmac Professional Services (1994-1998) and BIW Technologies (2000-2009) as a marketing and PR professional (I am a Fellow and council member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations). From 1998 to 2000 and since 2009, I have worked as an independent consultant. Since October 2015 I have been a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster (two short-term contracts).
For disclosure purposes, I maintain a list of current and recent clients on my website (see External links below - look at my 'About' page). I have edited pages about my former employers (after I left their employment), and about organisations of which I am a member. There have been past occasions when I had conflicts of interest in editing articles, but as have I learned more about Wikipedia and as COI policies have developed, I have - I hope - learned where not to tread (or, at most, where to amend minor factual inaccuracies, revoke vandalism, and/or provide verifiable, independent references).
Wikipedia community activities
I was formally accepted as a member of Wikimedia UK in February 2011.
- In 2010, I met two WMUK members who contributed to a 'social summer' event at the CIPR; I subsequently wrote about the CIPR, PR and Wikipedia during development, with Wikimedia UK, of the CIPR's first guidance notes (published June 2012), then an update published in 2014 (in guiding PR people in their use of Wikipedia, I stress I am first and foremost a Wikipedian).
- In April 2012 I arranged for a volunteer (Andy Mabbett) to facilitate a workshop at the Institution of Civil Engineers, followed by a GLAM Editathon at the ICE in July 2013.
- I was a volunteer at a Women in Architecture editathon at the Architectural Association in London in October 2015.
- In June 2016, as a volunteer and at the request of Wikimedia UK, I gave a talk to staff at a London-based marketing/PR agency outlining key principles of Wikipedia.
- In July 2016, I attended a Wikimedia UK 'Training for Trainers' weekend, and am now an accredited trainer (see my Wikimedia UK user page).
- In December 2016, I was a Wikimedia UK volunteer at a BBC 100 Women Editathon in London.
- In January 2017, I was a Wikimedia UK volunteer at a Women in Classics Editathon at University College London.
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