Governance

The Open Knowledge Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation, incorporated in the UK and operating globally.

Rufus Pollock(Founder and President) and Laura James(CEO) jointly manage Open Knowledge overall in terms of general management and strategic direction, and report to the Board of Directors , who are responsible for the financial and legal probity of Open Knowledge.

Local groups , working groups and other activities such as Open Knowledge Foundation Labs are community-run, and supported by the Open Knowledge central team.

The central team is divided into five units (Network, Knowledge, Projects, Commercial, and Operations) reflecting key focus areas of activity.

We also have a distinguished Advisory Council who provide specialist expertise and guidance.

Board of Directors responsibilities and obligations

The full list of board members and the Terms of Reference for the Board of Directors are available online.

Advisory Council member role and responsibilities

Advisory Council members provide guidance to the Foundation as well as being consulted on key strategic issues.

The Advisory Council is an informal group who are consulted on various matters to do with Open Knowledge Foundation activities, strategy and operations, but hold no legal responsibility for the organisation. The Advisory Council exists to advise Open Knowledge team members as appropriate, and individual members may get involved with specific projects or challenges. The advice is available both on request and also by Advisory Council members proactively contacting Open Knowledge team members with ideas, leads or opportunities. The Advisory Council is a group of advisors, rather than a group which aims to form consensus or decisions.

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