Born Friday, April 13, 1956 in Hemel Hempstead, I first discovered an interest in computers on a valve-based analogue computer which had been donated to my school (Apsley Grammar School, later Longdean Comprehensive), where I subsequently took over the teaching of the course in BASIC (for a DEC PDP-10) and then taught myself Fortran. While there I also learnt music composition and performance under Iris du Pré. Subsequently I attended Imperial College London, reading Computing Science. Since then I've received a Certificate in Natural Sciences, and an MBA from the Open University's Business School.
An active supporter and developer of Open Source / FLOSS / Open Content projects, including Wikipedia, where I was Executive Director of the UK Wikimedia Chapter for three years, and am still closely involved with the Wikimedia Foundation. Other positions have included Global internet & e-commerce Program Manager for a Miami-based Fortune #300 world-wide distributor, Head of Technology at Capital Radio Interactive, and CTO for a number of start-ups. My earlier years in the computer industry were spent with major manufacturers in technical marketing and prototype development.
Now, alongside being Managing Consultant of The Creative Organisation I am working on a number of other projects (below). Between October 2009 and summer 2010 I was a regular Volunteer Guide at The National Museum of Computing, located within Bletchley Park. When moved, I blog at alisonw.com and elsewhere, also getting involved in varous Social Media groups, Hackdays and BarCamps.
The Creative Organisation is the trading name of Alison M Wheeler & Associates, and has been trading since 1984, since 1990 under its current name, as a business support, management consultancy, web site design and creativity training company for computer and general business fields. I split my time between my London base near Hampstead Heath and a home in the country near Whipsnade Zoo.
|Business Consultant, The Creative Organisation|
|2006-2009||CEO / Chair, Wiki Educational Resources Ltd t/a Wikimedia UK|
|2003-2005||Chief Technology Officer, NWUK|
|2000-2002||MBA Student, Open Business School|
electives: Strategy, Financial Strategy, Marketing in a Complex World, and Creativity, Innovation and Change
|2000||Chief Technology Officer, narrateo|
|1999-2000||Head of Technology, Capital Radio Group - Interactive|
|1997-1999||Group Internet Program Manager, CHS Electronics Inc|
|1979-1984||Business & systems Consultant, Sperry Univac|
|1978-1979||Sales & Marketing Support / Analyst, British Olivetti|
|1976-1978||Computer Systems Programmer, Spillers Group|
Full details of these and other positions can be found on my résumé site
I was an organiser of the London Lesbian and Gay Pride march and festival between 1983 and 1991, and a founding member of the London chapter of the Lesbian Avengers and of the London Lesbian and Gay Centre in the 1980s. In 1990 I sought a break from the computing industry and returned to an interest from school in the entertainment business, taking six shows to the Edinburgh fringe. I followed that by becoming Chief Electrician - responsible for production lighting and sound - at the Sherman Theatres in Cardiff. Maintaining that interest in later years I became chief engineer of the RSL radio station Brazen Radio in 1994, which was the London's first women-only broadcast radio station (The second in the UK).
Outside this work in gay and women's politics, I was an active member of the Liberal Democrats at a national level, as a vice-president of Delga and its Chair during 2004, and also serving on other Party organisations. Currently, however, I am not a member of any political party.
A former gamer, I played EVE-Online, where I was elected as a member of the first player-elected council in 2008. I've been a fan of the Boston Red Sox for many years and watch nearly all their games online each season. I also have a Bacon Number of two.
Managing Consultant, The Creative Organisation
Location: Lat: 51.565945 Long: -0.148303 (WOEID 23408)
Location: Lat: 51.8345 Long: -0.4606 (WOEID 28365)
Business opportunities: firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal contacts: email@example.com
Technical matters: firstname.lastname@example.org
cell (preferred): +44.77.1017.2564
A full résumé is available at alisonwheeler.net.
Updated: May 12, 2012