Council Room 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

Sir Paul Nurse FRS 

Professor Anthony Cheetham FRS

Physical Secretary
Professor John Pethica FRS 

Biological Secretary
Sir John Skehel FRS

Foreign Secretary
Professor Martyn Poliakoff CBE FRS 

Executive Director
Dr Julie Maxton