Council

Illustration © Antonio Rodriguez
An honorary body of up to 60 prominent SoA members

Membership of the Council is an accolade conferred by the Management Committee on members of high standing who have been exceptional in their support of the SoA.

The Council has two powers:

  • to elect the President
  • if the SoA ceases to exist for any reason to ensure that any assets are passed to a similar organisation.

To read more about the SoA’s structure and how it works, visit our Governance pages.

Council members appointed since 2014 join for a ten year term but may be reappointed one or more times. Council members appointed before 2014 have a lifetime term.

The President is an ambassador for the SoA and comments on broad policy issues, but has no role in the direction or governance of the SoA. Sir Philip Pullman resigned from the role of President on 24 March 2022.

Allan Ahlberg

Allan Ahlberg

Lifetime council term

Sir Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn

Lifetime council term

Antony Beevor

Antony Beevor

Lifetime council term

Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman

Council term 2015-2025

William Boyd

William Boyd

Lifetime council term

Simon Brett

Simon Brett

Lifetime council term

Raymond Briggs

Raymond Briggs

Council term 2020-2030

AS Byatt

A. S. Byatt

Lifetime council term

Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier

Lifetime council term

Wendy Cope

Wendy Cope

Lifetime council term

Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell

Council term 2020-2030

Lyndsey Davis

Lindsey Davis

Lifetime council term

David Donachie

David Donachie

Council term 2020-2030

Margaret Drabble

Margaret Drabble

Lifetime council term

Maureen Duffy

Maureen Duffy

Lifetime council term

Clare Francis

Clare Francis

Lifetime council term

Antonia Fraser

Antonia Fraser

Lifetime council term

Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn

Lifetime council term

Maureen Freely

Maureen Freely

Council term 2018-2028

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman

Council term 2015-2025

Victoria Glendenning

Victoria Glendenning

Lifetime council term

Philip Gross

Philip Gross

Council term 2017-2027

Daniel Hahn

Daniel Hahn

Council term 2018-2028

Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris

Chair of the SoA Management Committee
Council term 2015-2025

Tom Holland

Tom Holland

Lifetime council term

Michael Holroyd

Michael Holroyd

Lifetime council term

William Horwood

William Horwood

Lifetime council term

Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro

Council term 2018-2028

Steve Jones

Steve Jones

Lifetime council term

Mark le Fanu

Mark Le Fanu

Lifetime council term

Gwyneth Lewis

Gwyneth Lewis

Council term 2021-2031

Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively

Lifetime council term

David Lodge

David Lodge

Lifetime council term

Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel

Lifetime council term

Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan

Lifetime council term

Roger McGough

Roger McGough

Council term 2015-2025

Sarah McIntyre

Sarah McIntyre

Council term 2021-2031

Deborah Moggach

Deborah Moggach

Lifetime council term

Nicola Morgan

Nicola Morgan

Council term 2021-2031

Andrew Motion

Andrew Motion

Lifetime council term

Daljit Nagra

Daljit Nagra

Council term 2021-2031

Ben Okri

Ben Okri

Council term 2018-2028

Derek Parker

Derek Parker

Lifetime council term

Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin

Council term 2015-2025

Piers Paul Read

Piers Paul Read

Lifetime council term

Gillian Reynolds

Lifetime council term

JK Rowling

JK Rowling

Lifetime council term

Anne Sebba

Anne Sebba

Council term 2015-2025

Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay

Council term 2017-2027

Hilary Spurling

Hilary Spurling

Lifetime council term

Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard

Lifetime council term

Claire Tomalin

Claire Tomalin

Lifetime council term

Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain

Lifetime council term

Joanna Trollope

Joanna Trollope

Lifetime council term

Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters

Council term 2015-2025

Fay Weldon

Fay Weldon

Lifetime council term

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson

Lifetime council term

Philip Ziegler

Philip Ziegler

Lifetime council term