# Our structure
# Employees, members and directors
The workforce at Agile Collective consists of employees, members and directors, with individuals who work with us on a less formal basis classed as freelancers or contractors.
It is important to note that Employee, Member and Director are terms defined in our articles of association (opens new window).
An employee is anyone with an employment contract at Agile Collective. All members and directors are employees of Agile Collective, but not all employees are members or directors.
As a worker co-op, members ultimately own and control Agile Collective. We hope that all employees will want to become members, but membership is completely voluntary and comes with a number of eligibility requirements. You can read more about membership here.
Directors are legally responsible for the company, but otherwise there is no discernible distinction between director members and non-director members. Only members can become directors.
You can read more about the legal duties of Directors on the Co-operatives UK website. (opens new window)
# Freelancers and contractors
We also work with a number of freelancers or contractors from time to time. Freelancers and contractors are not employees and therefore cannot be members or directors.
We use the sociocractic principle of Circles to manage areas of our business. Throughout the Handbook you will read references to some of the following:
- Members Circle
- General Circle
- People Circle
- Finance Circle
- Pay Circle
In brief, Circles are teams of people with an agreed Aim, and the authority and responsibility over a particular Domain.
# Circle Structure