The Society for the Study of Addiction (the Society) is established for charitable purposes and is constituted as a company limited by guarantee governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association, last amended in November 2012.


  • The trustees of the Society (the Board) are elected by the membership and their role is to provide scientific direction, business and financial administration to the charitable company and in accordance with a job description which can be found here.
  • The Board shall have not less than three nor more than 15 members, of whom no more than 12 are elected by the membership of the Society at the Annual General Meeting, with the Board having the power to co-opt up to a maximum of three additional members with the same powers as elected members. Trustees serve until the end of the third Annual General Meeting following the one at which they were elected. Members wishing to stand for election or to nominate a fellow member to stand should follow the procedure set out in the attached document.
  • Training in aspects of good governance is given to trustees on a regular basis and an induction process is carried out for all new trustees.
  • The Officers of the Board consist of the President, Vice President and the Treasurer together with other officers as deemed necessary by the Board. Sub-committees and panels exist to monitor the Society's finances, strategic plans and its academic schemes, journals and other publications. A chief officer is appointed by the trustees to manage the day to day operations of the Society. The editors of the Society's journals are appointed by the trustees.

Ethical policy

Our trustees have a duty to serve the aims of the Society impartially, declaring any potential conflict of interest, and withdrawing from any related decision-making process.

The Board believe that research should be ethical at all times and that any relationships (financial or otherwise) between students, researchers or trustees and industry (either directly or via any industry-supported research body or advisory committee or board) is a potential conflict of interest depending on the precise nature of the relationship. Such relationships (prior or existing) should therefore be declared in all applications so that the Board can assess whether the conflict would unduly influence the application.


The Articles of Association of the Society for the Study of Addiction can be downloaded from the link below as an MS Word document.