The RSC Council is the governing body of the RSC and the members of Council are the Trustees of the charity. Council is required to manage and be responsible for the affairs of the RSC as set out in the Charter and By-laws. The Secretary of the RSC, known as the Chief Executive Officer, works under the general direction of the Honorary Officers and is responsible for the management of the RSC and its staff.
Council operates at the strategic level, keeping abreast of national and global issues affecting the RSC's operating environment including political and economic trends, developments in science, professional practice and the business environment. It provides direction by setting and keeping under review a strategic plan and allocating resources. In addition it establishes governance structures and processes, delegates authority and monitors conformance.
Council ensures that the RSC meets its statutory obligations and adopts good practices in its governance and management processes.
Council has oversight of the RSC involvement in the Science Council, EuCheMS (European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences) and SusChem (European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry).
Evaluation of how the RSC is governed
Council regularly carries out a review of how the RSC is governed as part of its review of its own effectiveness. Changes are made periodically to the composition of Council and the committee structure.
Council has approved the Vision, strategic priorities and 5-year targets.
Governance bodies reporting to RSC Council
RSC Boards, Divisions and Committees
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A membership organisation representing the learned societies and professional institutions across the breadth of science in the UK
European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences promotes co-operation in Europe between non-profit-making scientific and technical societies in the field of chemistry and molecular sciences
The European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry seeking to boost chemistry, biotechnology and chemical engineering research, development and innovation in Europe
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Contact and Further Information
Head of Governance and Legal
Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J OBA
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7440 3303