Open Knowledge Foundation Governance

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

Rufus Pollock (Founder and CEO) and Laura James (CEO) jointly manage the Open Knowledge Foundation 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 the Open Knowledge Foundation.

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

The team is divided into five units (Network, Knowledge, Long term projects, Services, and Operations) reflecting key focus areas of activity.

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

Board Meetings

Minutes of the meetings of the Open Knowledge Foundation Board of Directors are posted online.

Annual Reports

The Foundation prepares regular reports that detail its activities. Current reports available are:

Annual Accounts

The Foundation prepares annual accounts according to UK company standards. As of June 2011 our accounts are fully audited. Accounts are prepared to May 31st each year.

Board Member 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 Foundation 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 the Open Knowledge Foundation team with ideas, leads or opportunities. The Advisory Council is a group of advisors, rather than a group which aims to form consensus or decisions. For more information, see the Open Knowledge Foundation governance page.

Articles of Association