The latest RSA governance information is posted here. Elections are currently open for two Trustee Positions, as well as the new Fellowship Council. Our AGM is on the 7 October 2014 at 5pm. All Fellows are invited to attend and can cast proxy votes in advance on resolutions which this year include three bye-law changes. Please use the links below to navigate to each section.

2014 Elections and Trustee Positions
Fellowship Council positions
AGM 2014 and AGM resolutions
Trustee Board and Trustee Code of Conduct
RSA Fellowship Council  

Find out more about our governance structure (PDF, 295KB). 

2014 Elections

Elections are now open until 5pm on 5 October. Elections are of two Trustees to the main RSA Trustee Board as well representatives to the Fellowship Council. Fellows are additionally also able to vote by proxy on resolutions which include three bye-law changes to be put to the AGM on 7 October where the election results will also be announced.

You can vote online using the Electoral Reform Society. Fellows will have either received a postal pack or email inviting them to vote. If you received the postal pack you will need the two codes provided or can alternatively make use of the paper ballot. Those who receive an email should use the link contain which automatically log them into the electronic ballot. For any queries please contact

There are three candidates standing for the RSA Board; These are Jackie Elliman, Jan Portillo and Keith Read.

Fellowship Council Positions

The Fellowship Council will also re-elected this year. All Fellows can vote for the At-Large Councillors and you can read their candidate statements here. You can vote for these candidates at the same link above.

Additionally there are elections in the following regions where those within that region/nation can vote for their preferred candidate, please click through to view the candidate statements:

East Midlands

Please note the following have been elected unopposed and candidates elect:

South East Chair (elected) Ann Henricson
South East Council (elected) Irene Campbell
South Central Chair (elected) Maurizio Fantanto
South Central Council (elected) Greg Slay
South West Chair (elected) Ed Whitelaw
South West Council (elected) Phillipa Rose
East of England Chair (elected) Malcolm Noble
East Midlands Council (elected) Rick Hall
West Midlands Chair (elected) Keith Horsfall
West Midlands Council (elected) Lorna Prescott
Yorkshire Chair (elected) Pamela Warhurst
Yorkshire Council (elected) Jackie Goodman
North East Chair (elected) Pauline Moger
North East Council (elected) Bill Gibbon
North West Chair (elected) Rod Hyde
North West Council (elected) Stephen Parry
Wales Council (elected) Kathy Seddon

There were no nominations for the position of East of England Councillor, the Nominations Panel will ask the Fellowship Department to recommend a candidate.

AGM 2014 and AGM Resolutions

The next AGM will be held on Tuesday 7 October 2014. A copy of the formal notice containing the agenda and details of the AGM can be found here. If you are planning to attend, please register online at eventbrite so we can plan for the numbers attending.

The AGM is also an opportunity to vote on resolutions on the running of the RSA. This year there will be four resolutions which you can vote on as part of the election process through the use of a proxy vote. The resolutions are:

Resolution 1: To approve the Trustee Board’s election of Dr Suzy Walton as Deputy Chair, which requires the concurrence of the AGM, for a further two year term.

Resolution 2: That Bye-law 4.3 is amended to read: “Election of the Chair shall normally be for three years but at the prior request of the nominee may be made for a shorter period. The Board may invite a Chair due to retire their term with the concurrence of the AGM to a second term. The Chair’s term of office as Chair shall cease when the Chair ceases to be a Trustee.”

Resolution 3: That Bye-law 7.4 is amended to read: “The Fellowship Council shall elect a Chair and a Deputy Chair, at least one of whom must be an elected Fellowship Councillor. Their term of office shall be the two year term of the Fellowship Council. A Chair or Deputy Chair can serve no more than two consecutive terms. Notwithstanding Bye-law 7.3, they shall continue to hold such office for six months or until an incoming Fellowship Council elects a new Chair and Deputy Chair, whichever is the sooner. Subject to Bye-law 7.3 they may remain as Fellowship Councillor thereafter.”

Resolution 4: That Bye-law 3.6 is amended to read: “Notwithstanding the term of office provided for under Bye-law 3.5 a Fellow elected in accordance with Bye-law 3.2(c) shall serve for the two year term of the Fellowship Council subject to Bye-law 9b IX, they shall thereafter serve for 6 months or until such time as the Fellowship Council has elected replacement Fellows; whichever is the sooner. A Fellow elected under Bye-law 3.2(c) shall be subject to the provisions of Bye-law 3.5(a) and (b).” 

RSA Trustee Board

Trustees are responsible under RSA bye-laws and charity law for ensuring that the charitable objectives of the society are carried out and that the organisation is run in an appropriate, legal way. View the Trustee Code of Conduct (PDF)

The Trustee Board meets approximately six times a year.

The Trustee Board

Vikki Heywood CBE, Chair
Suzy Walton, Deputy Chair
Sarah Ebanja, Treasurer
Hanif Virji, Treasurer
Irene Campbell
Tony Cohen
Jackie Elliman
Clive Grinyer
Andy Gibson
Don Pinchbeck
Peter Fell
Keith Read CBE

Members of the Trustee Board can be contacted by email.  All emails will be read by a member of the Board, who will reply as soon as possible.

RSA Fellowship Council

The Fellowship Council is a representative forum for Fellows of the RSA, with the core aim of promoting more effective working relationships between all aspects of the RSA, and specifically ensuring that the Fellowship's voice is heard by the Trustee Board and by RSA staff. Find out more