Goodbye, Ms Kirsop :(

We’re really sad to be waving goodbye to the Head of Code Club UK, Laura Kirsop, as she moves on to pastures new.

Laura has been with Code Club pretty much since the beginning, in one form or another. At first she was the teacher working with a volunteer at one of our first ever pilot clubs in Soho Parish School, then she came to Code Club as a Growth Captain and our second ever member of staff. Laura has developed the UK team and worked with them to grow our Code Club community to over 2300 clubs here in the UK; many volunteers will know her cheery smile from meet-ups across the country. It’s a great shame that we have to say goodbye to her, but I’m sure you’ll join us in wishing her all the very best of luck in the future.

Laura has helped build the foundations for Code Club’s growth, leaving a fantastic legacy, but now we’re looking looking for a confident and ambitious General Manager to lead Code Club’s activities here in the UK and take us to the next stage. Please help us find the right amazing person to join our team by spreading the word about this fantastically juicy role!

New faces at Code Club

Code Club is on a mission to give as many children the opportunity to learn to code as possible so our team is growing quickly. These are the great people who’ve joined us in the last month:

Joe Scarboro
This month we’re pleased to welcome Joe Scarboro to the board of Code Club. Joe comes to us fresh from two years running the 3 Beards – an organisation who support startup life in London and cities around the world. As a former CFO and tech entrepreneur himself, Joe has a very strong background in both technology and finance. He shares our passion for teaching kids to code and is looking forward to joining the board to help steer the good ship Code Club.

Lauren Hyams
Lauren joins us from the Prince’s Trust where she worked on education projects running in schools. She’s come to run Code Club Pro which is our project set up to train teachers in computing so they can teach the new computing curriculum. We’re really pleased to have her on board and she’d love to hear from you if you think you can help in any way.

Sophie Deen
Having spent the last year setting up Code Club Pro from scratch, Sophie is now moving over to head up Code Club World. She will be introducing Code Club into countries around the world and supporting them as they grow their communities, so please give her lots of support (and tips on travelling)! She’s over here on twitter.

Daisy O’Reilly-Weinstock
Daisy comes to us from leading the innovation team at Cancer Research UK where she worked on the development of projects like Stand Up To Cancer, Citizen Science and Dryathlon. Daisy is here to lead our business development to ensure Code Club is sustainable for the future so we can continue to offer a great and even better service than we do now. If you think you can help Daisy then please do get in touch.

Greg Annandale
Greg is not only an excellent developer but also an incredible photographer. Check out his projects here and see for yourself. At Code Club he’s joined our development team working on creating tools to make life easier for the amazing trainers and volunteers who give up their time to go into schools to teach.

We have big plans for 2015 and our team will be growing again very soon, so keep an eye on http://www.codeclub.org.uk/jobs for more details.

How Code Club is run and our relationship with our funders

Yesterday Linda Sandvik resigned from the Code Club board. As a co-founder of Code Club and early contributor to the organisation we all owe Linda a big thank you and wish her the best of luck in her next endeavour.

As an independent, non-political organisation, we remain totally committed to Code Club’s core aim to give every child in the UK the chance to learn to code, which we will continue to push forward with the support of our amazing volunteers and supporters.

For more information on our company structure, how we operate and our funders, please see below.

Code Club Family

Code Club UK, Code Club Pro and Code Club World are all part of the same family and operate through Code Club World Limited (Company Number: 08140247). We have the umbrella aim of giving all children the opportunity to learn to code.

Corporate Governance

Our structure and funding

We are an independent body, a registered not-for-profit and a company limited by guarantee. This means we don’t earn profits for ourselves. Instead, all of the money earned by or donated to us is used in pursuing our objective: ‘to give every child in the UK the chance to learn to code.’

Our objectives are set out in our ‘Articles of Association’. These articles, to which all of our directors are bound, define how we run Code Club.

We are governed by our Board of Directors, who have been appointed to jointly govern the activities of Code Club. The Board is responsible for policy development, partnerships, for the conduct of our finances, and for monitoring our performance against agreed targets. We operate in a democratic way, and all of our ‘big’ decisions are made by board consensus. Our board meet monthly to discuss Code Club’s core activities, growth, partnerships and to make important decisions that require board approval. We have three directors:

Chris Mairs, CBE – Chief Scientist at Metaswitch Networks and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (Chair and Director)
Lance Howarth – CEO of Raspberry Pi Foundation (Director)
Clare Sutcliffe – CEO of Code Club World (Director)

Our directors have a duty to work towards our objectives and always act in the best interests of Code Club. More specifically, this means our directors must act within their powers, and have a duty to promote the success of Code Club, to exercise independent judgment, to exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence, to avoid conflicts of interest, not to accept benefits from third parties and to declare any interest in a proposed transaction or arrangement. For a fuller explanation, please see the Companies Act here.

Our CEO, Clare Sutcliffe, is appointed by and is accountable to the Board. Her role is to provide day-to-day leadership of Code Club and its initiatives in line with the Board’s strategic direction.

Funders

Code Club receive funding from different organisations who support our core aims. However, we are an independent, non-political organisation. All of our views are our own and are neither directed nor constrained by our sponsors. Our sponsors do not influence how Code Club runs as an organisation and have no hand in its management.

We are funded through a number of channels, including:

• grants from The Centre for Social Action and Innovation, Nominet Trust and Google Rise
• corporate donations including from ARM, Canary Wharf Group, Google, Postcode Anywhere, Samsung and TalkTalk
• the Department for Education

In the future, we hope some of our funding will be self-generated through Code Club Pro.

We are not under any obligation to endorse any of the products or services of our corporate funders. Where we make recommendations, they are based on merit alone. To that end, Code Club produces unbranded, open-source materials in which children are never purposefully exposed to the names of any of our corporate partners.

Code Club continue to be grateful for the support we have been given from our partners and supporters – without them we couldn’t continue to offer free after school clubs, improve the quality of our materials or support our growing volunteer network.

Volunteers

We currently have around 2000 amazing volunteers who give their time to to run a Code Club on a regular basis. Many of these have also come on board to help train teachers through Code Club Pro. These people are crucial in helping us give children all over the UK the opportunity to learn how to code.

The majority of Code Club’s work is in supporting and growing this amazing community of people. The views of our volunteers are not our own and vice-versa.