Our Governance


The Royal African Society is a registered charity in the UK governed by a Royal Charter and Bye-laws, which were amended and approved by the Privy Council in November 2010.


The full audited accounts of the Society are contained in the Trustees’ Annual Report and Financial Statements, which are presented at our Annual General Meeting and sent to the Charity Commission every year. 


Executive responsibility for the Society’s activities and programmes rests with the Director (and in his absence, the Deputy Director). The Director reports to the Council, which provides strategic guidance, support and financial oversight for the Society.


You may download our latest Trustees’ Annual Report and AGM minutes below, along with an overview of our governance structure, our current organogram, our Ethical Fundraising Policy and our Royal Charter and Bye-laws.