Central Governance

Governance of the Society as a whole is the responsibility of two main bodies: Council and Board, who represent the interests of the worldwide membership.

STEP is a single membership body, and while members are allocated to local branches and regions, all are members of STEP on a worldwide level rather than of any part of it.


Council is elected by members or their representatives from Branches and Chapters globally, with regional representation proportionate to membership numbers. Council members are the primary channels for communication and representation between members and central governance bodies.


The Board is responsible for the high-level strategic direction of STEP. Its members are the Directors of STEP with the legal authority and responsibility for the organisation. Board members are appointed by Council from the serving Council members. One of the Board members serves as Chair of STEP, up to three serve as Deputy Chairmen and one serves as Treasurer. There are currently eight members in all, including the Chief Executive ex officio.

Committees and Panels

The Board delegates some of its functions to committees and panels while retaining ultimate responsibility for their activities. There are currently five committees and three panels answering to the Board.

Honorary Officers

Former chairs of the Society become Honorary Officers – Presidents and Vice Presidents who continue to contribute their time and experience to STEP.

Useful documents

Governance documentation

STEP Rules

STEP Codes

Meeting dates

Constitutional Review 2015

STEP’s constitution was amended by general meeting on 8 September 2015. See a summary of the changes effected and how they affect you.