Management of the Royal Society

The Royal Society is governed by a Council of 21 Fellows, including five Honorary Officers: the President, Treasurer, two Secretaries (one drawn from a the physical sciences and mathematics, and the other from the life sciences) and the Foreign Secretary.

The Council is advised by a wide range of committees. The membership of many of these committees and their subcommittees is not confined to Fellows, and many scientists of all disciplines assist the work of the Society by freely and readily making their services available.

Honorary Officers of the Royal Society

Sir Aaron Klug President – Sir Aaron Klug OM FRS
Formerly Director, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge

Treasurer – Sir Eric Ash CBE FRS
Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering, University College London

Sir Eric Ash

P Bateson Biological Secretary – Professor Pat Bateson FRS
Provost of King's College, Cambridge and Professor of Ethology, University of Cambridge

Physical Secretary – Professor John Enderby CBE FRS
Emeritus HO Wills Professor of Physics and Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol
J Endeby

J Heap Foreign Secretary – Professor Brian Heap CBE FRS
Master of St Edmund's College, Cambridge,Visiting Senior Fellow, School of Clinical Medicine, Cambridge University, and Senior Visiting Scientist, The Babraham Institute, Cambridge

The administrative business of the Society is the responsibility of the Executive Secretary, supported by a permanent staff of around 115 and organised into sections.

Executive Secretary, Stephen Cox (second right), with the other three directors (left to right) Dr David Stewart Boak (Programmes), Dr Peter Collins (Science Policy), Ian Cooper (Finance and Administration).

Senior Managers of the Royal Society

Executive Secretary – Mr Stephen Cox, C.V.O.

Head of Publishing – Mr John Taylor

Director of Programmes – Dr David Stewart Boak

Head, Research Support Section Dr Helen Pask

Head, Science Promotion Section – Position vacant at present

Head, Library & Information Services – Mrs Karen Peters

Head, International Exchanges Section – Mrs Ling Thompson

Manager, Press and PR – Mr Carl Smith

Director Science Policy – Dr Peter Collins

Council & Fellowship – Mr Peter O'Rourke

Director of Finance and Administration – Mr Ian Cooper

Head of Finance Mr David Sturt

IT Service and Support Manager - Mr Kevin Mills

Head, Administrative Services – Mr Dick Stillwell

Personnel Section – Ms Karen O'Connell

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