"Hi Kenny and Nick
Definitely worth discussing which one is more suitable for you as CIO has to lot to offer. I dont think there is much difference between a CIO and CIC regarding eligibility for grants though, and just to point out that CICs can…"
Association members are not company members (but you could make them so if you wish) in this instance and as you say it is a duplicity of the term,
'small membership' templates are for if all the members are directors, large…"
If the activity itself is regarded as 'charitable activity' then it is possible to receive gift aid. Have a look at https://localgiving.org/ and you can apply there, very similar proposition to justgiving.
I am thinking about CICs with a sufficient number of members (who may not all know each other), that formally electing directors, rather than just confirming their appointment by ordinary resolution, is relevant. I was thinking of GP commissioning groups and Nene Commissioning in particular, which serves Northants and which is registered as a CIC. However looking at their website, there is virtually nothing about governance or how they are funded, and you can become a 'member' without contributing any share capital. That seems just like a public relations exercise to me and the doctors just want to get rich off the NHS, hardly in the spirit of CICs. However if any of your members represent CICs with many members - probably hundreds at least - they might be interested in what I have to suggest. What do you think? Worth discussing or wasting people's time?