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 Fellows have 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.
You can read more about the SoA’s structure and how it works on the 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 role of President is currently vacant and under review throughout 2023. 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. The most recent President was Sir Philip Pullman.