Governance and Structure

Executive Committee and Council

The governing body of the Society is the Executive Committee, which consists of the following trustees:
President-Elect or Immediate Past President,
Editors (up to three),
Secretaries (currently two)
and at least five Councillors who are not Officers.

Other members may be co-opted by the Council, and currently the Conference Committee Secretary, the Chairman of CHUDE (Conference of Heads of University Departments of Economics) and the Chairperson of the Women's Committee have been so co-opted. The Executive Committee  meets at least three times a year and is responsible for the formulation and execution of the Society's policy, and for the coordination of the activities of all of its Officers.
Current list of Executive Committee officers and trustees.

The Council of the Society has a supervisory and advisory role. It meets at least once a year and consists of: President, President-Elect or Immediate Past President, Treasurer, Secretaries and thirty elected Councillors (of whom at least five are appointed to the Executive Committee). Current list of Council members.

The Royal Economic Society is a registered charity No. 231508 & a charity registered in Scotland: No. SCO43245. VAT Registration: 214168584. The office of the Society is managed by the Secretary-General through an Executive Office Manager and Office Assistant.  For more details see Contact Information.

PresidentA President-elect is chosen by the Council, after a nominations process in which members are invited to make recommendations. Once ratified the President-elect serves for one year before becoming President. Having served for two years the President then stands down to become Past President for a further one year.
Sir Charles Bean was elected President of the Royal Economic Society 2013-2015 at the 2012 AGM.  Sir Richard Blundell is currently Past President. Professor John Hardman Moore (Edinburgh University & London School of Economics) was ratified as President-elect at the 2014 AGM and will become President at the AGM 2015 for a two year term until AGM 2017. Sir Charles will serve for a further year as Past President (until AGM 2016). List of Past Presidents.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting usually takes place during the RES Annual Conference. All members of the Society are invited to attend and notice of business is mailed to them in advance of the meeting. An annual report is presented by the Secretary-General and the audited Annual Accounts are provided. The formal election of the new members of Council and, where appropriate, the President takes place.

Agenda, Papers and Minutes of Annual General Meetings will be found below.

Annual General Meeting 2015 (also published in the RES Newsletter)

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held during the RES Conference at the University of Manchester on Tuesday 31 March 2015 at 12.40pm. All members of the RES are cordially invited to attend. Registration for the Conference is not required. Notice of the exact location and business has been sent to all members by 10 days prior to the meeting and is published below.

Notice of Business for the RES AGM 2015

The Annual General Meeting of the Society was held during the RES Conference at the University of Manchester on Tuesday 8th April, starting at 12.40pm.  Notice of business and minutes for the Royal Economic Society 2013 AGM can be found here (Agenda & 2013 AGM Minutes).

Papers from earlier Annual General Meetings

Annual Report of the Secretary General

Annual Accounts & Trustee Report

RES Office

The Office of the Royal Economic Society is based with the Secretary-General, currently John Beath, Professor Emeritus of the University of St Andrews. The full address can be found in the Contact Us section.

If you have any queries about the Society, please feel free to contact the Society Office Manager, Mrs Amanda Wilman on

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