Governance

This page describes the Society’s governance and includes the following matters, accessible from the links below:

Governance Arrangements

The current governance arrangements date from the formal incorporation of the Royal Society of New South Wales by an Act of the New South Wales Parliament in 1881.  (For the period from 1821 to 1881, see History.)

The Society is governed by a Council that is elected annually. The Council manages all the Society’s business in accordance with its Act and Rules.

From 7 April 2021, following the election of the Council under the revised Rules (approved at the 9 December 2020 Ordinary General Meeting), the Council will comprise the President, the Vice-President, the immediate Past President (if available, and only for the first year after leaving the role of President), the Secretary, the Treasurer, the Librarian, the Webmaster, the chairperson (or nominee) of each of the Hunter and Southern Highlands branches, and eight elected Members or Fellows. All Council members must be Members or Fellows of the Society.  The Executive Committee, under the revised Rules, will comprise the President, the Vice-President, the immediate Past President (if available, for the first year after leaving the role of President), the Secretary, the Treasurer and one Council member appointed by resolution of the Council.

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Council and Office-Bearers 2021–22

The current Council and office-bearers of the Society are:

Patron Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales
President Dr Susan Pond AM FRSN (until April 2023)
Past President Emeritus Professor Ian Sloan AO FRSN (until April 2023)
Vice-President Ms Judith Wheeldon AM FRSN (until April 2023)
Secretary Mr Bruce Ramage MRSN (until April 2023)
Treasurer Mr John Cameron MRSN (until April 2023)
Librarian Mr John Hardie FRSN (until April 2023)
Webmaster Emeritus Professor Lindsay Botten FRSN (until April 2023)
Councillors

Professor Katherine Belov AO FRSN (until April 2023)
Ms Pamela Griffith FRSN (until April 2022)
Dr Donald Hector AM FRSN (until April 2022)
Dr Davina Jackson FRSN (until April 2023)
The Hon. Virginia Judge FRSN (until April 2023)
Professor Eric Knight FRSN (until April 2022)
Emeritus Professor Robert Marks FRSN (until April 2022)
Emeritus Professor Christina Slade FRSN (until April 2023)

Hunter Branch Representative
Southern Highlands Branch Representative
Professor George Willis FRSN

Mr Mike Jonas MRSN

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Council Committees

The President chairs meetings of the Council and general meetings of the Society.

The Council appoints other committees from time to time to attend to specific matters. Committees may comprise both Council members and other Society members.

2021–22

The current Committees, together with the names of their Chairs and Secretaries, appointed at the May 2021 meeting of the Council, are listed below. The link associated with each Committee name refers to the information page for that Committee— providing an outline of the Committee’s role, its Terms of Reference, and its current composition.

Committee  Chair / Co-Chairs Secretary 
Executive Dr Susan Pond AM FRSN Mr Bruce Ramage MRSN
Awards Prof. Philip Gale FRSN  Dr Jessica Milner Davis FRSN
Bicentennial Dr Susan Pond AM FRSN  Professor Sean Brawley FRSN
Business Operations Mr John Cameron MRSN Dr Donald Hector AM FRSN
Community Engagement  Prof. Katherine Belov AO FRSN 
Prof. Eric Knight FRSN
Mr Trevor Danos AM FRSN
Events Emer. Prof. Christina Slade FRSN   Dr Elizabeth Deane FRSN
Fellows and Members
Assessment
Emer. Prof. Brynn Hibbert AM FRSN  Dr Erik Aslaksen FRSN
Library and Assets Mr John Hardie FRSN Dr Davina Jackson FRSN
Philanthropy Dr Susan Pond AM FRSN Prof. Robert Clark AO DistFRSN
Publishing Mr John Hardie FRSN Dr Malte Ebach FRSN
RSNSW & Learned
Academies Forum
Dr Susan Pond AM FRSN Emer. Prof. Robin King FRSN

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Act and Rules

The Act of Incorporation and the Rules, as approved at the 9 December 2020 OGM, are here: Act and Rules (PDF)

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Strategic Plan

The 2021-23 Strategic Plan of the Society, as approved by the Council on 4 February 2021, is now online.

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Annual Reports

Recent Annual Reports (in pdf format) are available as listed below:

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