Key roles now open to Fellows – please apply

We are pleased to invite Fellows to apply to join the Society’s Council. These roles are vital to our strategic leadership, giving you the opportunity to help set the Society’s future ambitions and direction.

The roles form part of the Society’s governance structure, which you can view here

You can apply directly for all positions. If we receive more applications than the number of places available, an election will be held. 

Gender balance

The Council is making a renewed commitment to retain gender balance within the Fellowship and on our Council and committees. We therefore particularly welcome applications from women for all of these roles.

Terms of office

The term of office for all positions is 3 years, from the end of our Annual General Meeting on 25 May 2022 until the 2025 AGM. Thereafter, new appointees may apply to serve one further 3-year term.

Please note that where existing Council/committee members are eligible for a second term (as noted below), they are still required to reapply and stand in an election.

Positions available

Council – 2 positions

The Council is our board of trustees. Members are responsible for the overall governance, strategy and plans of the Society, which is a Royal Charter Charity. The Council ensures that the Society complies with its governing document and the law, and that it manages its resources responsibly.

This year, there are 2 Council positions available in total. Of these, 2 are current Council members who are eligible for re-election and have indicated their willingness to apply again:

  • Dr Sally Davies (attendance – 13 out of a possible 14 meetings since election in 2019)
  • Professor Iwan Morus (attendance – 12 out of a possible 14 meetings since election in 2019)

See below for information on how to apply.

Human Resources Committee – 4 positions

The Human Resources Committee oversees matters relating to the Society’s staff and will meet twice a year with ad hoc meetings arranged as necessary

All Committee positions are available for new members. 

See below for information on how to apply.

Honours and Awards working group – 3 positions

The Honours and Awards Working group will support the Society’s Fellows to achieve the highest honours, awards and prizes for which they are eligible. The Group will also aim to raise the profile of the Society through the achievements and contribution of its Fellows

All Committee positions are available for new members. 

See below for information on how to apply.

Application process

To apply for the Council or committee positions, please complete this form:

You can apply for more than one role if you wish.

Once completed, return the form by Friday 11th March to Amanda Kirk –

After the deadline, if we have received enough valid applications to require an election to be held, we will issue ballots to Fellows during the week beginning Monday 14th March, for return by Monday 11th April. All Fellows of the Society will be eligible to vote. The ballots will include the applicants’ supporting statements.

Election results will be officially announced at our AGM on 25 May.

Please contact Amanda if you have any further questions about the election process, or about Council.

Further information

Composition of Council

The Society is committed to equal opportunities and aims to achieve a balance of membership of the Council in terms of gender (currently, the Council consists of 9 women and 9 men) and geographical spread, as well as ethnicity, broad subject area and skills.

Our Regulations state that, to ensure a representative balance of expertise on Council,  no more than two-third of the members of Council shall ordinarily be from either one of the two broad subject categories of which the Society is comprised (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine – STEMM; and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – AHSS). At least one Fellow shall ordinarily be from the “C1” category (Business, Public Service and Public Engagement).

Of the two outgoing members, one is from the STEMM category, one from the HASS category. Applicants from any of the three Fellowship categories may apply.

What to expect as a Council member

The Council usually meets four times each year. Recently, all meetings have taken place on Zoom.

The June, September and January meetings are typically 2-3 hours in length. In March, Council has an ordinary meeting and a Special Meeting on the same day, totalling 4-5 hours. At the Special Meeting, Council members agree the final list of Fellowship nominees to be put forward to the existing Fellowship for election.

In addition to the meetings themselves, the main time commitment for Council members is to read the papers for each meeting. Other optional commitments may include:

  • Taking part in working groups established by the Council
  • Joining other Society committees as a Council representative
  • Representing the Society at external events

Fellows elected as Council members will be given an induction to the role, the Society’s strategy and procedures.

You might also wish to note that only Council members are eligible to be elected as Vice-President of the Society.

What to expect as a Committee / working group member

Both the Human Resources Committee and the Honours and Awards working group meet two times a year, currently on Zoom. Each meeting is expected to be no more than hours in length.

In addition to the meetings themselves, the main time commitment for members is to read the papers for each meeting.

Rules and regulations

The schedule of delegations, which sets out in more detail the responsibilities of each committee, are available here.

Our Regulations, which govern the Council and all our committees, are available here.