Our structure and funding

We are an independent body, a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.

Citizens UK is funded through a number of channels:

  • dues from member institutions such as educational, labour, religious and health bodies
  • grants from charitable trusts and foundations for specific projects
  • consultancy and training fees
  • contracts with Health Authorities and Universities for development of particular pieces of work


We are governed by a Board of Trustees who are Directors of the company. The Board is responsible for strategic policy development, the conduct of our finances, risk analysis and for monitoring performance. The Board delegates authority to appropriate bodies within Citizens UK such as the Living Wage Advisory Council for the Conduct of the Living Wage Foundation. The Board also appoints the Executive Director.

The Board is partly elected by our members and partly by appointment. We have a wide range of skills needed for the conduct of our business. We also represent the diversity of our membership.

A full list of our Trustees can be found here.


Citizens UK has Chapters based in various cities in the UK (four in London), each of which is overseen by a Leadership Group. Each Leadership Group is entitled to appoint one person to attend and vote at our Annual Meeting. The Leadership Group has delegated authority from the Board to govern the finances, human resources and operations of the Chapter.

Each Chapter also has a Delegates Assembly, representative of each member institution in the Chapter, which decides on priorities for campaign actions. Each Chapter also appoints delegates to the Citizens UK Council which decides on priorities for UK wide campaign actions such as the General Election campaign.

For more information on our chapters click here.


The Executive Director has overall responsibility for the day to day management of the work of the company. He shares this responsibility with other senior staff who form a staff Executive. There is also a Senior Management Team which allows an opportunity for line managers to meet regularly and review performance. The key staff are the professional Community Organisers who are backed up by a small administrative team.

A full list of staff shall be available soon. 

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