Cambridge University Chinese Society ('the Society') is a registered charity incorporated in England & Wales as a private company limited by guarantee without a share capital, with exemption from the requirement to have its name ending with “limited”. It is also registered in Hong Kong as a non-Hong Kong company.
The Executive Committee ('Exco') is the governing body of the Society, and is ultimately responsible for the day-to-day management of the Society and setting its overall strategic direction. Exco members are therefore regarded as company directors for the purposes of company law, and as charity trustees for the purposes of charity law.
The articles of association is the main governing document of the Society, containing its charitable objects and key governance arrangements. The by-laws regulate matters not expressly set out in the articles, in particular the executive powers and responsibilities of Exco members and other office-bearers, as well as the conduct of elections. The articles can be changed by a special resolution in a general meeting; the by-laws can be changed by a decision of the Exco, or by an ordinary resolution in a general meeting.
Every person is entitled, on payment of a fee of £5, to inspect the Society's index and/or register of members, and to be provided with a copy of the register (or any part of it), provided that the person submitting a request for access does so in accordance with statutory requirements, and the Society is satisfied that the request is made for a proper purpose.
Information about the Society filed with Companies House can be found here. The Society's listing on the central register of charities can be found here. The Society's main constitutional documents can be found below: