The RSL Council, which meets five times a year, plays a pivotal role in the election of new Fellows, plans our programme of events and oversees our Schools Outreach programme, masterclasses, awards and prizes.

Our Council consists of the following positions and representatives:

Her Majesty The Queen

Colin Thubron CBE

President Elect
Marina Warner DBE FBA

President Emeritus
Sir Michael Holroyd CBE C Lit FRHisS

Chair of Council
Lisa Appignanesi OBE

Anne Chisholm OBE
Maureen Duffy, Benson Medallist
Maggie Gee OBE
The Hon Victoria Glendinning CBE
Sir Ronald Harwood CBE
Dame Hilary Mantel
Philip Pullman CBE
Claire Tomalin
Jenny Uglow
OBE, Benson Medallist

Kamila ShamsieVice Chair
Colin Chisholm, Treasurer
Simon Armitage CBE
Jonathan Coe
Imtiaz Dharker
Sir Richard Eyre CH CBE 
Bernardine Evaristo MBE
Lavinia Greenlaw
Jonathan Keates FSA
Peter Kemp
Dame Hermione Lee FBA
Deborah Moggach
Blake Morrison
Fiona Sampson MBE
Dame Marina Warner FBA
Timberlake Wertenbaker


Council members serve for a fixed term of five years; new members are elected by Council when members retire.