Wikimedia UK 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. The company was founded 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 a charity registered in England and Wales, no. 1144513, and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales, no. 6741827.
The constitution of Wikimedia UK comprises:
(b) The charity's Articles of Association
(c) The Chapter Agreement, a contract which regulates the relationship between the charity and the Wikimedia Foundation.
(d) The Membership Rules
(f) Certain 'entrenched' rules that require a resolution of the charity's membership in general meeting to change:
- the Election Rules
- a resolution that was passed at the 2009 AGM to the effect that the directors may not, except with approval of the membership by special resolution, terminate the Chapter Agreement or amend it in any way such that the charity loses the right to the trademark Wikimedia UK.
(g) Our policies:
The following policies are set and agreed by the board of trustees, with a policy update schedule agreed at the June 2016 board meeting:
- the Conflicts of interest policy
- the Child Protection Policy
- the Finance Policy
- the Volunteer Policy
- the Bullying and Harassment Policy
- the Conflict of Interest Policy
- the Confidentiality Policy
- the Diversity and Equalities Policy
- the Whistle blowing Policy
- the Copyright Policy
- the Donation and grant acceptance policy
Further policies and procedures that are essentially operational in nature are within the remit of the Chief Executive, and can be found on the Policies page.