Council & Committees

The RSE Council is responsible for the governance of the Society. Reporting to that is an Executive Committee which is responsible for operational matters. It works closely with Standing Committees, which report to Council.

Council & Committees


President – Professor Dame (Susan) Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Vice Presidents
Professor Iain Gray (Business)
Professor Neva Haites (Life Sciences)
Professor Marian Scott (International)
Professor Sir David Wallace (Physical Sciences) [Until April 2017]
[Professor Maggie Cusack from April 2017]
Professor John Wallace (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)

General Secretary – Professor Alan Alexander

Treasurer – Mr Gerald Wilson [Until April 2017]
[Dr John Brown from April 2017]

Fellowship Secretary – Professor John Connell

Ordinary Members
Mr John Baxter
Dr John Brown [Until April 2017]
Dr Barbara Crawford [Until April 2017]
Professor Mandy MacLean
Dame Joan Stringer [Until April 2017]
[Professor Jill Belch, Professor Rebecca Lunn and Professor Petra Wend from April 2017]

Observer – Dr Robert Black

Executive Committee

General Secretary – Professor Alan Alexander
Treasurer – Mr Gerald Wilson
Council Member & Trustee – Dame Joan Stringer
Chairman, The RSE Scotland Foundation – Professor Donald Ritchie
RSE Staff Members
Dr William Duncan (Chief Executive)
Mr Gordon Adam (Director of Business Development & Communications)
Ms Kate Ellis (Director of Finance)
Mr Graeme Herbert (Director of Corporate Services)

Other Office Bearers and Standing Committees

Other RSE Office Bearers are:

Dr Iain Gordon Brown [Until April 2017]
[Professor Christopher Hall from April 2017]

Programme Convener
Sir Andrew Cubie [Until April 2017]
[Professor Mary Bownes from April 2017]

Research Awards Convener
Professor Bonnie Webber

Young People’s Programme Convener
Professor Stuart Monro

Education Committee Convener
Mr Keir Bloomer


Click here to view membership of RSE Standing Committees