The Royal Institute is an educational charity and a company limited by guarantee. It's policies are determined by a large Council, which also appoints the Executive Committee, and those on it serve as both the trustees of the charity and the editorial board of the Institute's journals. The Council and Executive Committee are led by a Chair, a Deputy Chair, and from time to time a President. The Executive Committee appoints three directors -- an academic director, a finance director, and a managing director -- who run the Institute day to day.  

Dr. Julian Baggini is Academic Director of the Royal Institute. He the author, co-author or editor of over 20 books including How The World Thinks, The Virtues of the Table, The Ego Trick, Freedom Regained, and The Edge of Reason. He was the founding editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine and has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, as well as for the think tanks The Institute of Public Policy Research, Demos and Counterpoint. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent. 

Dr. Stephen Law is editor of Think and formerly Head of Department and Reader in Philosophy, Heythrop College, University of London, and now Honorary Research Fellow in Philosophy at Roehampton. He researches in philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, and metaphysics, and is the author of many popular and introductory philosophy books including The PhilosophyGym: 25 Short Adventures in Philosophy.


Baroness Onora O’Neill is President of the Royal Institute. She is a crossbench member of the House of Lords, formerly Principal of Newnham College Cambridge, Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, President of the British Academy, and winner of the recently established $1 million Berggruen Prize. Her most recent book is From Principles to Practice: Normatively and Judgement in Ethics and Politics

Dr. James Garvey is Managing Director of the Royal Institute. He is editor of The Philosophers' Magazine and author or editor of several books and articles, including The Persuaders: The Hidden Industry That Wants To Change Your Mind, The Ethics of Climate Change, the Think Now Series on social and political philosophy, The Story of Philosophy, The Twenty Greatest Philosophy Books and The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Mind


Professor Lucy O'Brien is Deputy Chair of the Council, Professor of Philosophy at University College London, and co-editor of Mind.  She is author of Self-Knowing Agents and co-editor, with Matthew Soteriou, of Mental Actions. She works on interpersonal, rather than personal, self-consciousness and the nature of the self-conscious emotions.

Mr. Tony Philip FCA is Finance Director of the Royal Institute.  He is a Chartered Accountant and has had lengthy careers in the commercial oil and charity sectors.  He also volunteers in the charity sector, currently as a trustee and as a chair.  He has served the Royal Institute for 20 years.  

Professor John Haldane FRSE is Chair of the Council. He is Newton Rayzor Sr Distinguished Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Baylor University, and Professor of Philosophy and Senior Fellow at the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs in the Department of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews.  He is the author of many books and articles,  including Reasonable Faith, Seeking Meaning and Making Sense, and most recently, Anscombe: Life, Thought and Action.

Professor Anthony O'Hear OBE is Editor of Philosophy and was Director of Studies at the Royal Institute for almost 25 years. He is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Buckingham and author of many books and articles, including  

Picturing the Apocalypse: The Book of Revelation in the Arts over Two Millennia (with Natasha O'Hear), Karl Popper, Plato's Children, and After Progress. He is editor of 24 Royal Institute Supplementary volumes to Philosophy.


Members of the Executive Committee

Professor Maria Rosa Antognazza, Professor Alexander Bird, Professor Paul Coates, Dr. Yasemin Erden, Professor John Haldane, Professor Katherine Hawley, Professor Lucy O’Brien, Professor Thomas Pink, and Professor Sarah Sawyer. 

Members of the Council of The Royal Institute of Philosophy

Dr. Arif Ahmed, Dr. Anna Alexandrova, Dr. Charlotte Alderwick, Professor Maria Rosa Antognazza, Professor Michael Beaney, Professor Alexander Bird, Professor Sophie Chappell, Professor Paul Coates, Dr. Alexandra Couto, Dr. Rowan Cruft, Dr. Joe Diekemper, Professor Fiona Ellis, Dr. Yasemin Erden, Dr. Suki Finn, Professor John Haldane, Dr. Edward Harcourt, Professor Katherine Hawley, Professor Angela Hobbs, Professor Matthew Kieran, Professor Kristján Kristjánsson, Lizzy Lewis, Professor John Lippitt, Dr. Beth Lord, Dr. Anna Mahtani, Dr. Saladin Meckled-Garcia, Dr. Todd Mei, Professor Alex Neill, Professor Lucy O’Brien, Professor Eric Olson, Rachel Paine, Dr. Sarah Patterson, Professor Thomas Pink, Dr. Lea Salje, Professor Sarah Sawyer, Dr. Raj Sehgal, Dr. Edward Skidelsky, Professor Alessandra Tanessini, Professor Steve Torrance, Professor Jonathan Webber, Dr. James Wilson, Dr. Rachel Wiseman, and Professor Lea Ypi.