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The current Executive Director of the Royal Society is Dr Julie Maxton, who took up her post in March 2011.
The Executive Director heads the Society’s permanent staff and is responsible for the general administrative business of the Society. He or she may not be a Fellow of the Society or, if a Fellow, shall cease to be so on appointment to the post.
This list gives the year of appointment for past Executive Directors. Until 1810, this post was variously styled 'assistant secretary', 'clerk', 'librarian', 'housekeeper', etc., and in some instances the titles were combined. In 1962 the post was restyled 'Executive Secretary' and in 2010 it became 'Executive Director'.
Stephen James Cox ; Peter Tolman Warren ; Ronald William John Keay ; David Christie Martin ; John David Griffith Davies ; Ronald Winckworth ; Francis Alexander Towle ; Edwin Deller ; Robert William Frederick Harrison ; Herbert Rix ; Walter White ; Charles Richard Weld ; John David Roberton ; James Hudson ; Stephen Lee ; George Gilpin ; John Robertson (son of the above) ; John Robertson ; Emanuel Mendez da Costa ; Francis Hauksbee ; Alban Thomas ; John Thorpe ; Humphrey Wanley ; Israel Jones ; Edmond Halley 
The governance of the Royal Society rests with a Council of 21 Fellows.
These regulate the Society's affairs (PDF).
PresidentSir Paul Nurse FRS
TreasurerProfessor Anthony Cheetham FRS
Physical SecretaryProfessor John Pethica FRS
Biological SecretaryDame Jean Thomas DBE FRS
Foreign SecretaryProfessor Martyn Poliakoff CBE FRS
Executive DirectorDr Julie Maxton
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