Oxford Mindfulness Foundation
The Oxford Mindfulness Centre's work is supported through a collaborative agreement between the University of Oxford and an independent not-for-profit charity, the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation.
The Oxford Mindfulness Foundation is committed to sustainability, maximising impact and widening access to MBCT through its charitable activities.
The Board of Trustees is comprised of members with a variety of backgrounds relevant to the work of the Charity. Read more about our Trustees. The Board meets every three months and is responsible for the strategic direction, meeting the statutory obligations, and policy of the Charity. The Board has three advisory groups: Finance; Fundraising and Accessibility, who advise and guide specific projects in addition to the Board meetings.
Structure, Governance and Management
The organisation is a charitable company limited by guarantee, incorporated on 7 March 2007 as The Oxford Mindfulness Centre and registered as a Charity on 30 January 2008. The name of the organisation was changed to The Oxford Mindfulness Foundation on 17 November 2011. The company was established under a Memorandum of Association which established the objects and powers of the charitable company and is governed under its Articles of Association. You may view the Articles of Association here.
The Board of Trustees delegates day-to-day and operational management to the Director of the Centre. The Board holds the Director to account through rigorous review of operational and financial probity, and to avoid exposing the charity’s assets, beneficiaries or reputation to undue risk.
How the Charity’s Activities Deliver Public Benefit
All the main activities of the Charity are to advance the education and mental health of the public, be that through research, training or education. All our charitable activities focus on improving the understanding and health of the general public and undertake to further the Charity’s charitable purpose for public benefit. The Board of Trustees works to deliver Public Benefit by the provision of accessibility initiatives to widen access to the courses and training provided by the Charity. The Accessibility Group, representing the Board, considers how the Charity establishes and maintains this commitment to broadening and enhancing the accessibility of mindfulness and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to all those who might benefit.