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 2022–23

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

Patron Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, Governor of New South Wales
President Dr Susan Pond AM 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 AM FRSN (until April 2023)
Webmaster Emeritus Professor Lindsay Botten FRSN (until April 2023)

Professor Katherine Belov AO FRSN (until April 2023)
Professor Sean Brawley FRSN (until April 2024)
Professor Philip Gale FRSN (until April 2024)
Ms Pamela Griffith OAM FRSN (until April 2024)
Dr Davina Jackson FRSN (until April 2023)
Dr Jessica Milner Davis FRSN (until April 2023)
Emeritus Professor Robert Marks FRSN (until April 2024)
Emeritus Professor Christina Slade FRSN (until April 2023)

Hunter Branch Representative
Southern Highlands Branch Representative
Western NSW Branch Representative
Professor George Willis FRSN

Mr Mike Jonas MRSN
Professor Mark Evans FRSN

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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.


The current Committees, together with the names of their Chairs and Secretaries, appointed at the May 2022 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  Prof. Sean Brawley FRSN
Community Engagement  Prof. Katherine Belov AO FRSN  Mr Trevor Danos AM FRSN
Fellows and Members
Prof. Sean Brawley FRSN  Prof. Simon Ringer FRSN FTSE
Library and Assets Mr John Hardie AM FRSN Dr Diana Wyndham MRSN
Philanthropy Dr Susan Pond AM FRSN Mr John Cameron MRSN
Program Emer. Prof. Christina Slade FRSN   Dr Elizabeth Deane FRSN
Publishing Mr John Hardie AM FRSN Dr Davina Jackson FRSN
RSNSW & Learned
Academies Forum
Dr Susan Pond AM FRSN  

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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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Distinguished Fellows


List of Presidents

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