The main house at the Lodge RSPB reserve, UK headquaters of the RSPB, Sandy, Bedfordshire

RSPB Council

RSPB Council is the governing body of the RSPB. It is responsible for ensuring the Society conducts its affairs in accordance with its Constitution and within the law.

The RSPB Council and Executive Board

RSPB Council

There are a maximum of 18 council members (trustees) including the chair, treasurer and four country committee chairs for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. They are elected by the membership at the AGM and serve for five years.

The council and its main sub-committees operate to a schedule of quarterly meetings.

The RSPB is governed by a council of volunteers elected for their expertise relevant to running a wildlife conservation charity.

The council is responsible for the conduct of the RSPB’s affairs and for ensuring that the RSPB operates in accordance with its constitution and the law.

As the RSPB is a charity, the council is also answerable to the charity regulators in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, for ensuring charitable funds are used wisely.

Country Advisory Committees

Each UK nation has a dedicated advisory committee of up to 13 voluntary members who meet at least twice a year. To find out more about the role of our country advisory committees and their members click here.

Executive Board

Day-to-day management of the RSPB is delegated to an executive board headed by a chief executive who reports to the chairman of the council. Divisional directors of global conservation, finance, governance and risk, people, fundraising and communications, and UK operations form our executive board.

Council members

  • Kevin Cox (Chair)
  • Robert Cubbage (Treasurer)
  • Kerry ten Kate (Chair, Conservation Committee)
  • John Bullock (Chair, Fundraising & Communications Committee)
  • Jennifer Ullman (Chair, Country Advisory Committee for England)
  • Dr Vicki Nash (Chair, Country Advisory Committee for Scotland)
  • Judith Annett (Chair, Country Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland)
  • Prof Sir Adrian Webb (Chair, Country Advisory Committee for Wales)
  • Helen Browning OBE
  • Linda Grant
  • Rosie Hails
  • John Mason (co-opted)
  • Chris Mills
  • Debbie Pain
  • Veronica Pickering
  • John Randall
  • Martin Saunders
  • Matt Taylor

Council Vacancies

Our Council, the Trustee Board, plays a critical role in helping our organisation to evolve and ensure our work has the biggest possible impact. We aim for Council to be made up of a diverse group of people with a blend of skills, experience, and expertise to meet future challenges and opportunities.  With this in mind we are seeking three potential new Trustees.

We are particularly interested in individuals who bring experience from farming or land management, land ownership, conservation science, marketing or technology; across digital and social media. We are also open to broader skills and experience and encourage you to explore the details if you have an interest in supporting us.

We value equality of opportunity at all levels and welcome applications which reflect the diverse communities that we are part of. We particularly encourage applications from those from under-represented communities and groups.

If you have an interest in supporting the RSPB, please click the button below, and check out the ‘Apply’ section for more details, or speak to the team at Oxford HR.

Closing date for applications is 17 April.

For other information, please email