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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 (in the Brandon Estate) 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, 20,000 in February 2016, and 30,000 in April 2018.[1]

My interests mainly relate to:

I worked for the Halcrow Group (1987- 1994), Tarmac Professional Services (1994-1998; TPS later formed part of Carillion) and BIW Technologies (2000-2009) as a marketing and PR professional (I am a Fellow and past council member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and was a board director in 2016 and 2017). From 1998 to 2000 and since 2009, I have worked as an independent consultant. I have been a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster (two short-term contracts in 2015-16 and 2016-17).

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).

I am an occasional photographer and have contributed photographs to Wikimedia Commons (sometimes using the now-discontinued Flickr Upload Bot - now do so via Commons:Upload). I have also added Voice Intros to three biographies of living people.

Wikipedia community activities[edit]

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 interactions with Wikipedians, 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.
  • 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 became an accredited trainer (see my Wikimedia UK user page).
  • As a Wikimedia UK volunteer, I have:

I agree to multi-license all my contributions, with the exception of my user pages, as described below:

Multi-licensed with the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License versions 1.0 and 2.0
I agree to multi-license my text contributions, unless otherwise stated, under Wikipedia's copyright terms and the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license version 1.0 and version 2.0. Please be aware that other contributors might not do the same, so if you want to use my contributions under the Creative Commons terms, please check the CC dual-license and Multi-licensing guides.

External link[edit]


  1. ^ "Edit Counter". Xtools. Retrieved 29 March 2018.


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