The Council usually meets seven times a year in addition to the Convocation of the Fellowship and the Admission Ceremony.
The governance of the Royal Society, which is a registered charity, rests with a Council of 20 Fellows, who are elected by the Fellowship. The Council manages all the Society’s business and its members are Trustees of the Society under charity legislation. They have the power to make, appeal or amend the Standing Orders (PDF) for the regulation of the Society’s affairs in accordance with its Statutes (PDF).
The Council is elected annually and takes up office on Anniversary Day, 30 November, each year. All Council members give their time voluntarily.
The Council for 2013-2014 is:
Sir Paul Nurse FRS (President)
Professor Anthony Cheetham FRS (Treasurer)
Professor John Pethica FRS (Physical Secretary)
Sir John Skehel FRS (Biological Secretary)
Professor Martyn Poliakoff CBE FRS (Foreign Secretary)
Sir John Beddington CMG FRS
Professor Geoffrey Boulton OBE FRS
Professor Andrea Brand FRS
Professor Michael Cates FRS
Dame Athene Donald DBE FRS
Professor Carlos Frenk FRS
Dame Wendy Hall DBE FRS
Professor Frances Kirwan FRS
Professor Ottoline Leyser CBE FRS
Professor Angela McLean FRS
Professor Georgina Mace CBE FRS
Professor Roger Owen FRS
Professor Timothy Pedley FRS
Dame Nancy Rothwell DBE FRS
Professor John Wood FRS