The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. With over 54,000 members and an international publishing and knowledge business it is the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists, supporting and representing its members and bringing together chemical scientists from all over the world.

In 2016/17 the RSC’s then President, Professor Sir John Holman, led a review of the organisation’s governance to clarify the role of the trustees, the structure and membership of Council (the Board of Trustees), boards and committees and the effectiveness of the relationship with the executive.

I was appointed as an external specialist to assist the RSC in carrying out the review.

The RSC’s Council subsequently agreed a number of changes to the RSC’s governance structures and processes, and to its By-laws at its 2018 AGM.

More details describing the changes can be found here: