The Society of Research Software Engineering is registered with the Charity Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with Charity Number 1182455.

The Society is governed by a constitution document which defines its overall purpose and some key aspects of how it operates:

The trustees of the society have responsibility for making sure our activities and resources are well-directed to meet these charitable aims.

Because of our origins as a grass-roots association, we wanted to put the members in control so we have adopted a governance model with trustees directly elected by the membership. To strike a balance between continuity and new input, trustees are elected for two year terms with half being up for re-election or replacement each year. The initial trustees are the members of the previous UK RSE Association committee.

Board of Trustees


Alys Brett


Tania Allard
Iain Bethune
Mihaela Dute
Robert Haines
Simon Hettrick
Matthew Johnson
Illian Todorov
Andy Turner
Mark Turner
Claire Wyatt

Email [email protected] to contact all the trustees.

Trustee Elections 2019

Elections will be held this year for half the trustee places. September AGM, with half of the positions reserved for new trustees. Only members of the Society are eligible to stand for election and vote so the formal process will begin once we are able to open for members.

If you would like to help shape our new Society and can commit some time, energy and enthusiasm to building and running it in this crucial early phase, please consider putting yourself forward. Any of the existing trustees will be happy to discuss what’s involved.

We will announce how you can stand for election soon, but if you’re interested, please start thinking about what you would bring to the role, arrangements to free up the necessary time, and what you’d like to achieve for the Society. We anticipate that nominations will open in the run up to the RSE19 conference in September with short pitches from candidates being presented at the Society AGM and voting opening at that point so that the new board of trustees would be established by October 2019.

Annual General Meeting

The first Society AGM will be held at 5pm on 18 September 2019, during the Fourth Conference of Research Software Engineers at the University of Birmingham. All registered members are encouraged to attend and there will be arrangements for members who are not taking part in the RSE19 conference to take part.