Made up of 13 RAs, Council is a committee that is responsible for the direction and management of every major aspect of the Royal Academy. The Four Officers also attend each meeting. Various Committees report to Council on each area of the RA’s activities and recommend policy. The current committees cover Architecture, Collections & Library, Audit, Finance, 展览, Learning, Schools and Works. An RA, appointed by the 评议会, presides over each committee. They are helped by a senior member of staff from that department, as well as other staff, a number of Academicians and up to four external members.