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The RDA Council maintains the vision of the RDA, ensuring the guiding principles of the organisation are maintained, and formally endorses RDA Working and Interest Groups and Recommendations.

The Council is responsible for the overall oversight, success, strategy, and sustainability of the RDA. The powers and authority, together with the processes governing Council membership and responsibilities of the Council are described in the RDA Governance Document.

Elected Council Members also serve as Trustees for the RDA Foundation, an official Charity registered in England and Wales under Company Number 9021881. Details are described in the Foundation’s Articles of Association.


Council Members are nominated by a Nominations Committee and elected by the general RDA membership. In addition to the 9 elected members, the Council has one permanent representative from UKRI-STFC, the Foundation’s legal entity host, and other consensus forming non-voting members representing the Organisational Advisory Board (OA and OAB), Regional Advisory Board (RAB), Technical Advisory Board (TAB), and the Secretary-General.

Elected Council Members serve three-year terms and may be reelected for a maximum of two consecutive terms. Two co-chairs serve offset two-year terms. Full details on the Council election processes, balancing criteria and procedures (updated in 2022) are available in the RDA Council Election Processes & Procedures document.

Jill Benn (co-chair)
University Librarian
The University of Western Australia
Juan Bicarregui
Head of Data Division
Science and Technology Facilities Council, UKRI
Maria Cruz
Programme / Project Manager
Dutch Research Council (NWO)
Joyce Gosata Maphanyane
University of Botswana
Patricia Muñoz Palma
Chilean National Agency for Research and Development (ANID)
Wolfram Horstmann
State and University Library Goettingen
Mikiko Tanifuji
Deputy Director
Research Center for Open Science and Data Platform (RCOS), National Institute of Informatics (NII)
Amy Nurnberger
Program Head for Data Management Services
Massachussetts Institute of Technology
Lee Wilson (co-chair)
Director of Research Data Management
Digital Research Alliance of Canada

Council Rotation Schedule

Term expires 2025Term expires 2026Term expires 2027
Jill Benn (2nd term)Joyce Gosata Maphanyane (2nd term)Maria Cruz
Lee WilsonWolfram HorstmannPatricia Muñoz Palma
Amy NurnbergerMikiko Tanifuji


The Council meets four to six times per year – twice in person, at the annual hybrid plenary and in conjunction with a data related event, and with virtual meetings. Minutes of the meetings are available below:


20 February – virtual

2014 – 2023

Minutes 2021

Minutes 2020

Minutes 2019

Minutes 2018

Minutes 2017

Minutes 2016

Minutes 2015

Minutes 2014


Since its inception in 2013, the RDA Council has established several subgroups to assist in Council business and to advise Council in important areas. Subgroup members are appointed by Council and may include members outside of the official Council.

Financial Subcommittee

The Financial Subcommittee recommends to Council and monitors policies and rules for sound financial practice of the RDA Foundation. The subgroup recommends periodic financial reports to the Council for approval. Policies and processes include, but are not limited to:


  • – Internal controls and signing authority
  • – Expenditure authority and approvals
  • – Planning and budgeting

– Financial reporting requirements

  • – Conflict of interest rules
  • – Taxation and audit obligations
  • – Contracting and purchasing policies
  • – Policies around organisational matters, employees and contractors


  • Members 2024: Kevin Ashley, Juan Bicarregui (Chair), Hilary Hanahoe (Secretary General), Amy Nurnberger, Bridget Walker (Secretariat)

Financial Sustainability Task Force (2020)

In November 2020, Council established a short term RDA task force focusing on:


  • – Identification of appropriate and achievable revenue models for RDA
  • – Aligning financial strategies / plans with the strategic focus for 2021-2023
  • – Engaging with regional offices / representatives to align revenue and business models


Members: Ingrid Dillo (RDA Council co-chair), Hilary Hanahoe (Secretary General), Bob Hanisch (Council), Natalie Harrower (RDA EU Regional Office representative), Rebecca Koskela (RDA US Executive Director), Mark Leggott (Council)

Legal Subgroup

The Legal Subgroup is responsible for the oversight and due vigilance of the legal affairs of the RDA. This subgroup is a standing subgroup and called upon where necessary. Members are legal experts called to deal with the subject matter requiring attention.

Nominations Committee

As defined in the RDA Governance Document, Council chooses a Nomination Committee each year. The Nomination Committee is responsible for the effective and efficient execution of the annual RDA Council elections to replace the Council members stepping down that year. The Nominations Committee is also responsible for ensuring the eligibility criteria are met and encouraging candidates to stand.


Members (2024): Michelle Barker (Affiliate Member), Ingrid Dillo (Council), Natalie Harrower (RDA Community), Raphael Ritz (Regional Partner), Wouter Schallier (RDA Community)


Members (2023): Juan Bicarregui (Council), Sandra Collins (Council), Edit Herczog (Council), Rosie Hicks (RAB), Matthew Lucas (Community), Shelley Stall (OAB)


Members (2022): Juan Bicarregui (Council), Robert Hanisch (Council), Natalie Harrower (Community), Matthew Lucas (Funders Forum), Natalie Meyers (Community), Andrew Treloar (Community)


Members (2021): David Carr (Funders Forum), Mark Leggott (Chair, Council), Isabelle Perseil (TAB), Gaby Pinto (Community), Shelley Stall (OAB)


Members (2020): Dina Paltoo (Funders Forum), Frankie Stevens (TAB), Helen Kay Raseroka (Council), Rebecca Koskela (OAB) Mark Leggott (Chair, Council)


Members (2019): Ross Wilkinson (Chair, Council), Francoise Genova (TAB), Kevin Ashley (OAB), Matthew Lucas (Funders Forum), Devika Madalli  (Community) 


Members (2018): Fran Berman (Chair, Council), Andrew Treloar (TAB), Kevin Ashley (OAB), Josh Greenberg (Funders Forum), Imma Subirats (Community)

In addition to the RDA Council Subgroups described above, during 2017-2018, four drafting groups worked on the development of the RDA Strategy for 2018 – 2021. These groups considered: RDA Value Proposition, Financial Sustainability, Growth Management and Regional Engagement. In 2018 and 2019, a further set of subcommittees and task forces were set up by Council to assess RDA membership models, RDA Plenary Meeting Structures, Regional Engagement.

2018 – 2019 Subcommittees | Task Forces

Membership Task Force

The RDA Council set up the membership task force in early 2019, drawing from Council, to define a membership strategy to enable a grassroots activist organisation to grow. It created two types of membership: individual (non-paying) and organisational (OA) paying.


Members: Sandra Collins (Chair), Kevin Ashley, Ingrid Dillo, Hilary Hanahoe, Natalie Harrower, Sarah Jones, Devika Madalli, Leslie McIntosh Borelli, Raphael Ritz, Bridget Walker (Secretariat)

Regional Engagement

The RDA recognises that strong partnerships with its Regional members are crucial to its success as an international organisation.  With this goal in mind, a global Regional Engagement Task Force, set up in 2020, examined and outlined the complementary and mutually-beneficial relationship between the RDA and its Regions and drafted the Regional Partnership Processes document. The RDA recognises that each Region is unique with different values, goals, governance, funding sources, etc.  The purpose of the document is to provide a general framework for the creation and management of RDA Regions that benefit both parties while maintaining alignment and coordination. This document is reviewed and adjusted periodically to ensure it is still relevant and meets the needs of both RDA and the Regions.


Members: Daniel Bangert, Juan Bicarregui, Ingrid Dillo, Jason Haga, Vivian Haga, Hilary Hanahoe, Sarah Jones, Mark Leggott, Leslie McIntosh Borelli, Tomaz Miksa, Cristina Ribiero, Raphael Ritz, Ross Wilkinson



2017 – 2018 Subcommittees


The strategy subcommittee advised Council on the overall strategic direction of the RDA and the Foundation. The sub committee’s mandate was to monitor and evaluate strategic initiatives (such as the Future Directions initiative), develop suggestions for future strategic initiatives and maintain the long-term vision and mission of the RDA.


Members: Sandra Collins (Chair), Fran Berman, Juan Bicarregui, Francoise Genova, Bernard Minster, Kay Raseroka, Hilary Hanahoe.



– Initial thoughts and recommendations on RDA as a Standardisation body 

RDA as a training/education body? A certification body? Is there a mission/future here?

Engagement and Communications

The subcommittee tracked progress, evaluated, and reported on the Engagement and Communications actions to Council, recommending modifications to the strategy as appropriate. It’s overall goals were to ensure consistency of Engagement and Communications strategies and actions across regional RDA activities. A specific task for the subcommittee was to oversee delivery of the action lines on Engagement and Communication from the Future Directions document.


Members: Amy Nurnberger (Chair), Tony Hey, Rebecca Koskela, Bernard Minster, Kay Raseroka,  Michael Stanton, Timea Biro (Secretariat), Yolanda Meleco (Secretariat).



Operations and Coordination 

The subcommittee monitored and advised on the overall operations and general organisational health of the RDA. The subcommittee focused on ensuring efficiency and effectiveness of RDA operations with appropriate support by RDA governance and policies.


A specific task for the RDA Operations subcommittee was to oversee the delivery of the action lines on Coordination from the Future Directions document.


The subcommittee coordinated closely with the other subcommittees.


Members: Rainer Stotzka (chair), Leif Laaksonen, Larry Lannom, Yasuhiro Murayama, Andrew Treloar, Stefanie Kethers (Secretariat).



– Transparency and Openness in RDA


The sustainability subcommittee developed the overall business model for the RDA and strategy for its implementation. The subcommittee worked closely with stakeholders to develop and implement a strategy that ensured a sustainable stream of income to support the RDA (Secretary General, the Secretariat, and general RDA operations.) The group planned and conducted dialogue with current and potential funders from public and private sectors

Worked with the Funders’ Forum and other funders groups (e.g. G8, CRE, …)

Ensured bids for new regional RDA projects adhered to RDA principles and policies


Members: Ross Wilkinson (Chair), Fran Berman, Patrick Coquet, Josh Greenberg, Jamie Shiers (OAB), John Wood, Fotis Karagiannis (Secretariat).

Emeritus Council Members

Name and TermName and TermName and Term
Claudia Maria Bauzer Medeiros 2018-2024Ingrid Dillo 2018-2024Jason Haga 2018-2024
Edit Herczog 2017-2023Robert Hanisch 2019-2023Sarah Jones 2023-2023
Sandra Collins 2017-2023Mark Leggott 2019-2022Kay Raseroka 2014-2020
Fran Berman 2014-2019Bernard Minster 2016-2019Ross Wilkinson 2014-2019
Doris Wedlich 2014-2018Michael Stanton 2014-2018Satoshi Sekiguchi 2014-2018
John Wood 2014-2017Patrick Cocquet 2014-2017Tony Hey 2014-2016