Constitution

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Constitution

Overview

Wikimedia UK[1] is a charitable company incorporated in England and Wales that is authorised by The Wikimedia Foundation. Inc as the local Wikimedia chapter for the United Kingdom. Wikimedia UK was founded as a company in November 2008, was approved as a Wikimedia chapter in January 2009, and was granted charitable status by the Charity Commission in November 2011.

Wikimedia UK is a separate organization from the Wikimedia Foundation, and has no control over the contents of Wikipedia or any other projects run by the Foundation. The Charitable Objects of Wikimedia UK are, for the benefit of the public, to promote and support the widest possible public access to, use of and contribution to Open Content of an encyclopaedic or educational nature or of similar utility to the general public, in particular the Open Content supported and provided by the Wikimedia Foundation.

Wikimedia UK is incorporated in England & Wales as a Company Limited by Guarantee. Its Registered Charity number is 1144513.

The company is run from day to day by a Chief Executive who heads a small team of staff. It is governed by a Board of Directors who are regarded as trustees for the purposes of charity law.

Constitution

The constitution of Wikimedia UK comprises:

(a) The overriding legislative framework set down in UK Charity and Company law, particularly in the Companies Act 2006 and the Charities Acts 1993 and 2006

(b) The company's Articles of Association

(c) Any Special Resolutions passed by the company since incorporation. Currently three Special Resolutions have been passed:

(d) Any Rules adopted under Article 28 either by the members or the directors, which currently comprise:

(e) The Chapter Agreement, signed by Wikimedia UK and the Wikimedia Foundation, which obliges each party to support the activities of the other and forbids either party from doing anything to negatively impact the work or image of the other.

Notes

  1. Wikimedia UK operated under the name "Wiki UK Limited" from incorporation until 12 May 2012.
  2. Replaced by the Finance Policy in 2013.