At our AGM this year, our Principal Voting and Voting members voted in changes to the way we are governed. This means that our Board structures will change over a period of three years (to be completed by 2023).
The below highlights how the Members’ Council (previously the PRS Board) is structured now and how this will change.
For more information on what the changes will look like when they have been fully phased in, head over to our governance webpage.
The Members’ Council is currently made up of 27 directors led by a Chair and two deputy chairs (one writer and one publisher) who are elected by the Council from among the directors.
The Council is focused on making sure that we are in close touch with the views, concerns and needs of you, our members.
Its other focuses are on strategic oversight, reviewing company performance and holding the Board to account. It approves the corporate strategy, annual budget and accounts, and the appointment of our CEO and Board members.
The Council is made up of:
- 11 writer Council Members and 11 publisher Council Members (elected by our Principal Voting and Voting members)
- four independent non-executive Council Members who bring valuable expertise from outside the music industry
- one executive director (our CEO).
As mentioned above, now that the governance changes have been voted in, the following changes will be made as soon as possible:
- A Writer President will be appointed to lead the Council in its focus of being in close touch with the membership.
- The number of deputy chairs will be reduced from two to one. The Chair and deputy chair will complement each other, so if the Chair is a writer, the deputy will be a publisher, or vice versa.
- The Audit Committee, the Nomination Committee and the Remuneration Committee will report to the Council .
We will continue to have a Council Chair who will be responsible for running the Council's meetings.
The number of writer and publisher Council Members will be reduced from 11 to eight in each category. This will be implemented gradually from 2021 to 2023.
Principal Voting members can put themselves forward to be a Council Member and can nominate other Principal Voting members to do the same.
A Council Member’s term of office last three years and is limited to five three-year terms in total. At the end of each term Council Members need to retire, but can put themselves forward for re-appointment.
The Directors’ Ballot determines the eligibility of candidates for appointment or re-appointment to the Council by members at our Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Chair and Deputy Chair
The work of the Members' Council is governed by the PRS constitution, which comprises two governing documents: