Our governance structure is contained in our Charter and Bylaws. Following our merger with the Institute of Statisticians in 1993, the 1887 Charter was redrafted to secure European Union recognition of UK professional statistical qualifications.

A supplemental Charter was approved by the Queen in Council on 20 September 2005 and came into effect on 1 April 2006. The current bye-laws date from 1 April 2007.

Detailed rules and procedures for the implementation of our bye-laws are drawn up by our Council. For details on rules and procedures download our regulations (PDF).

Annual Review 2019 (PDF)
Annual Report and Financial Statements 2019 (PDF)
Annual General Meeting 2019 (PDF)

Key governance committees

The Society is governed by several key committees, ensuring appropriate oversight of our activities by Trustees. Details of our Council and Executive Committee members are available to download: 2020 Council and Executive Committee members (PDF) 


Our Council, chaired by our President, is our main governing body, managing our income, funds, property and activities. Council members comprise honorary officers, including the President, and 24 ordinary members.

The Society's work is led by honorary officers who work on a day-to-day basis with a member of staff, including four vice presidents. Honorary officers are appointed or re-appointed each year by Council, selected from our fellows. At least half of the honorary officers must be current or past elected members of the Council.

Every year several vacancies arise for membership on our Council. Following consultation with the fellowship, Council nominates fellows to stand in the election. A ballot is then held among our fellowship. Our bye-laws require that Council proposes two nominations more than the number of vacancies for ordinary members of Council, ensuring an election every year.

Executive Committee

The Society’s executive committee is responsible for working with the senior management team on the operational aspects of delivering the overall strategy for the organisation which is set by the Council. It meets three times a year and formally reports back to Council after each meeting.

The Committee comprises the President, the President-elect (where one exists), the four vice presidents, the treasurer and the honorary officer for remuneration and staffing, one representative of Council, plus up to two others who may bring expertise to the committee.

Audit and Risk Committee

The Audit and Risk Committee oversees all systems, controls and processes that may have an impact on the Society’s ability to meet its objectives. It is a sub-committee of the Council and meets twice a year. The Committee provides oversight of the Society's investment managers. Members are appointed by the Council and consist of at least three Council members.

Professional Affairs Committee 

The Professional Affairs Committee is responsible for all professional aspects of the Society's work. These include conferral of professional status, accreditation of university courses, continuing professional development and any other matters concerned with professional training.

PAC also oversees any changes made to the Society’s Code of Conduct for RSS fellows.

The Committee consists of a chair and eight elected members, all of whom must be holders of CStat status. An election is held each year; all professionally qualified members of the Society may participate. In addition, a member of Society's Council, appointed by the Council, attends as a non-voting observer.

For detailed information on the work of the Professional Affairs Committee please have a look at the Professional Development section.

For any queries relating to the work of the committee please email