ALT's constitution is our governing document (equivalent to the articles of governmant for a college or company). The constitution was adopted and approved by the Charity Commission in 2015 when ALT was established as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. The current version was approved by the ALT Annual General Meeting on 2 September 2014. Three key clauses from the 2014 constitution are shown below.
The object of the CIO is to advance education through increasing, exploring and disseminating knowledge in the field of learning technology for the benefit of the general public.
The CIO has power to do anything which is calculated to further its objects or is conducive or incidental to doing so. In particular, the CIO has power to:
1) borrow money and to charge the whole or any part of its property as security for the repayment of the money borrowed. The CIO must comply as appropriate with sections 124 and 125 of the Charities Act 2011, if it wishes to mortgage land;
2) buy, take on lease or in exchange, hire or otherwise acquire any property and to maintain and equip it for use;
3) sell, lease or otherwise dispose of all or any part of the property belonging to the CIO. In exercising this power, the CIO must comply as appropriate with sections 117 and 119-123 of the Charities Act 2011;
4) employ and remunerate such staff as are necessary for carrying out the work of the CIO. The CIO may employ or remunerate a member of the Central Executive Committee only to the extent that is permitted to do so by clause 6 (Benefits and payments to members of the Central Executive Committee and connected persons) and provided it complies with the conditions of that clause;
5) deposit or invest funds, employ a professional fund-manager, and arrange for the investments or other property of the CIO to be held in the name of a nominee, in the same manner and subject to the same conditions as the trustees of a trust are permitted to do by the Trustee Act 2000;
6) determine categories of individual or organisational membership and set subscription rates for different categories;
7) amend rules, bye-laws or standing orders made under clause 26;
8) organise meetings, publish literature;
9) affiliate with any similar charity.
9.1) Membership of the Charity shall be open to:
a) Membership of the CIO is open to anyone who is interested in furthering its purposes, and who, by applying for membership, has indicated his or her agreement to become a member and acceptance of the duty of members set out in sub-clause (3) of this clause. A member may be an individual, a corporate body or an organisation which is not incorporated.
ALT operated as a registered charity up to 9 September 2015 under a different constitution and you can access it here [41 kB pdf].