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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the Society’s primary governing body and has responsibility for the management and control of the Society's affairs. It ensures that we conform to the terms of our Royal Charter and that we observe our legal obligations as a charitable body. It has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the Society’s objectives are met and for the financial transactions of the Society.

The Annual General Meeting

The Society is obliged by the Royal Charter and Statutes to hold an annual meeting of Members, known as the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM is the means whereby the Trustees account to the membership for their management of the Society during the preceding year and its business includes receiving and ratifying the Society's Annual Report and accounts. The AGM also ratifies the election of Honorary Officers and of members directly elected to our main boards.

Representative Council and General Assembly

The Representative Council consists of our Trustees and representatives of all the Society’s Member Networks. It exists as a mechanism for members to advise the Board of Trustees.  As of 2010 the Representative Council replaced two meetings per year with an annual meeting across two days in the form of a General Assembly. A guide to the General Assembly can be found here.

The Boards

The Society has four main boards which report to the Board of Trustees, each with a specific area of delegated responsibility to develop policy for approval by the Trustees. Like all Society bodies, these boards are made up of Society members.

Our four boards are:

The Chair of each of these four Boards is a member of the Board of Trustees. Each Board also has subcommittees and working parties.

Standing Committees, Subcommittees and Working Groups

There are a number of other bodies that advise the Board of Trustees

Two standing committees:

And two subcommittees and working groups:

  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Personnel Committee

Member Networks

The Society also has member networks. Our divisions, sections and special groups represent members working in particular professional area of psychology or with particular academic interests. These networks report to one of our four main Boards.

We also have geographical branches, which report directly to the Board of Trustees.