The RSL Council, which meets four times a year, plays a pivotal role in the election of new Fellows, plans our programme of events and oversees our schools outreach programme, awards and prizes.

Our Council consists of the following positions and representatives:

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

Marina Warner DBE FBA

Presidents Emeritus
Sir Michael Holroyd CBE CRSL FRHisS
Colin Thubron CBE

Chair of Council
Daljit Nagra

Lisa Appignanesi OBE FRSL
Simon Armitage CBE
Mary Beard DBE FSA FBA
Anne Chisholm OBE
Maureen Duffy, Benson Medallist
Bernardine Evaristo OBE FRSA FEA
Maggie Gee OBE
The Hon Victoria Glendinning CBE
Jackie Kay CBE FRSE
Dame Hilary Mantel CRSL
Blake Morrison
Grace Nichols
Sir Philip Pullman CBE CRSL
Elif Shafak
Kamila Shamsie
Colm Tóibín
Claire Tomalin
Jenny Uglow OBE, Benson Medallist

Colin Chisholm, Treasurer
Imtiaz Dharker

Louise Doughty
Inua Ellams
Sir Richard Eyre CH CBE
Abdulrazak Gurnah
Tessa Hadley
Jonathan Keates FSA
Dame Hermione Lee FBA
Daljit Nagra
Susheila Nasta MBE FRSA
Irenosen Okojie
Michèle Roberts
Ruth Scurr
Boyd Tonkin

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