Organisation and governance
OneGeology is not a legal entity: it is a non-corporate body (a Consortium) supported through the trust of its Members and, in particular, the Lead Parties.
It is governed by the Board and supported by the permanent administration provided by the Lead Parties. The Finance Administration and Web Services Support, and the Portal Operations team have been established to ensure the support to the coordination and to assure the continuity of the initiative. The former will be based in the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the latter in the Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM) until August 2016.
The Consortium, its Board, and management staff have the responsibility to further the Objectives of OneGeology. The Board and Consortium has the power to do anything within the law that may promote or may help to promote any or all of the Objectives, but nothing outside the Objectives.
The Board is responsible to Consortium Members that take decisions through Annual General Meetings. The Board is linked to the Science users group, comprising representatives of strategic user groups, global geoscience and related bodies. Board is also linked to the Operational Groups that work on achieving technical goals of OneGeology, and to External funding sources that provide additional funding for assuring the sustainability of OneGeology.
Income from membership fees and other sources is used to supplement the administrative services and technical coordination functions supported at a core level by the Lead Parties.
Financial and accounting arrangements of the Consortium are transparent to all Members and are audited annually by qualified individuals selected by the Board.