Angela Beesley Starling

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Angela Beesley Starling
File:Angela Beesley.jpg
Angela Beesley in November 2005
Born 3 August 1977 (1977-08-03) (age 43)
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Residence Sydney[1]
Alma mater Aston University[2]
Occupation Vice-President of Community Relations
Employer Wikia
Known for Co-founder of Wikia; chair of the advisory board and former member of the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Spouse(s) Tim Starling (2008 – present)

Angela Beesley Starling (born August 3, 1977, in Norwich, England)[2] is a British Internet entrepreneur.[3] She is a co-founder of Wikia and its 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 February 21, 2006, she has been a member of the Communications Committee of the Wikimedia Foundation.[12] She chairs 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 and has a degree in psychology.[2] 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 November 23, 2008, she married MediaWiki developer Tim Starling,[15] and now lives in Sydney.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Wikimedia Press Information, August 2005" (pdf). Wikimedia.!Presskit.pdf. Retrieved 2008-06-22. 
  3. Tom McNichol (April 3 2007). "Building a Wiki World". CNN. 
  4. "Wiki sites proliferate, but can they profit?". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2007-12-06. "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. 5.0 5.1 Adam Turner (2005-11-05). "Quest for the universal Wiki". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  6. Robert Levine (August 7, 2006). "The Many Voices of Wikipedia, Heard in One Place". The New York Times. 
  7. Ryan Singel (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 (February 22, 2007). "Fast facts found online". The Age. 
  10. "Angela Beesley resigns from Wikimedia Foundation board", Wikimedia Foundation press release, July 7, 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 0472031953. 
  12. "Resolution creation communications committee", Wikimedia Foundation, September 26, 2006.
  13. "Advisory Board — Wikimedia Foundation". Retrieved 2007-05-18. 
  14. "Wikis: Tools for Information Work and Collaboration",, June 14, 2006.
  15. Beesley Starling, Angela (December 1, 2008). "Married!". Angela and Tim. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 

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