Governance & Trustees

Re~Cycle is a charity and a company, at the same time.

The company has a structure based on five tiers

  1. The first tier are the members who vote at the AGM for the Directors/trustees to run the organisation. They’re not involved on a regular basis, other than as ‘advocates’
  2. The second tier is the Board of Directors (who are also the trustees, who have overall responsibility for and control of the charity/company and meet at regular intervals to discuss the performance to date and future plans. They are responsible for strategic direction and that money is spent in accordance with the charity's objectives in its constitution
  3. The third tier is the day to day operations. The operational responsibility is delegated to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Merlin Matthews. The CEO is ably assisted by other staff lead by departmental managers
  4. The fourth (vital) tier is the volunteers and groups around the country who are involved in the collection, preparation, refurbishment and loading of bicycles, etc.,
  5. The fifth tier is our trusted African partner organisations who refurbish and distribute the bikes

Principle office:

Unit 8 The Grove Estate, Colchester Road, Wormingford, Colchester, Essex, CO6 3AJ

Registered office:

Brighton Eco Centre, 39-41 Surrey Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3PB


CafBank – subsidiary of Charities Aid Foundation, 25 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, West Malling

Charity number: 1063570
Company number: 3337853
Registered On: 21/3/97
Year End: 31st December

Our page on the Charity Commission web site.

The Articles of Association dated 4/03/97, as amended by special resolution dated 18/3/04 can be found here:PDF iconrecycle_20040318_-_1063570_-_articles_of_association.pdf
The Memorandum of Association is here:PDF iconmemorandum_of_assoc_rec.pdf
Annual reports are available on our Charity Commission page and on our Downloads page here.


For clarity:

Merlin Matthews is the Founder of Re~Cycle - which made him a member, as he was one of the original signatories to the constitution (Memorandum and Articles of Association).

He is the CEO and a Trustee. The Charity Commission gave us paragraph 4 of our Memorandum of Association which states it is permitted for a trustee to be a paid employee (provided they leave room when remuneration is discussed and the majority are not paid). The Charity Commission subsequently approved the constitution.