REG Goals

REG Council

REG’s Inclusive Ethos

REG seeks to unite and de-fragment real-life research activities and expertise around the world by inviting experts and representatives from aligned societies and groups to come together to create a common, collaboration platform where expertise can be shared, methods tested, needs and challenges identified and addressed.

REG Council

The REG Council is a subgroup of collaborators made up of respiratory clinicians and academics with a variety of areas of expertise (e.g. respiratory, research methodologies, primary care, secondary care, technologies) and with a range of relationships with influential groups and societies within the respiratory community. The Council forms the core decision-making group within REG – responsible for strategic planning, priority setting and rapid response to relevant current affairs. All members of the REG Council have a designated role to facilitate the flow of a diverse range of ideas into the initiative. Role designation reflects the Council Members’ existing areas of research expertise, society activities and/or other professional interests. Council Members are appointed for a 2-year continuous period.

REG Council Members & Role Designation


Council positions are appointed by the REG Executive Officer. The responsibilities associated with each position within the Council is detailed below. It to be noted that not all roles are mutually exclusive and collaboration between Council Members is encouraged. Core Council functions are delegated across the positions, providing Council Members with a quantifiable manageable REG workload as well as a focus for their REG-related activities. Council Members are not limited to operate only within the areas designated by their roles. Where appropriate, Members can bring any idea (in line with the REG’s core vision and objectives) to the attention of the Council.


Shared responsibilities of the Council

To work with and on behalf of the REG collaborators to deliver, through appropriate plans and in accordance with agreed policies and procedures, the vision, mission and objectives of the REG initiative.
To promote the vision, mission and objectives of the initiative.
To work collaboratively to set and devise the on-going strategy for the initiative.
To identify opportunities for the initiative in line with in line with their designated Council role or beyond. Opportunities may take the form of:

  • Collaborations and partnership opportunities
  • Grant, sponsorship and funding opportunities
  • Research ideas and collaborative opportunities
  • Communication and dissemination opportunities
  • Educational opportunities
  • Legacy planning.


Council Deliverables & Contributions Meetings:

The REG Council meets twice-a-year and is responsible for the “business” and strategy of the initiative. The Council reports to the wider REG collaborator group via the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Key AGM outputs are shared via the initiative’s website and newsletters. The Council members meet in person or by teleconference as and when required to discuss key issues, thoughts, recommendations and appropriate actions. All Council members are required to present (or submit in advance if absent) any new ideas related to their designated role for discussion at the AGM. Formal decisions are captured within the AGM Minutes and circulated to the Council for final approval. On-going awareness: Ideas and opportunities for the initiative will present themselves on an on-going, ad hoc basis and Council members are requested to remain vigilant and open to potential opportunities during their day-to-day activities.

Executive Officers

Oversight Committee

The REG Oversight Committee is responsible for monitoring and approving the Council’s annual budget and strategic plan. It is the responsibility of the Oversight Committee to monitor the governance of the initiative, ensuring that decisions are made transparently and appropriately, and acted upon in accordance with governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines. Oversight Committee Members will attend the AGM and will be required to approve (in signature) the Council’s budget and strategic plan for the coming year.


The Chairman is a Council Member and Officer of the initiative. The Chairman provides effective leadership and management to the Council, enabling them to fulfil their responsibilities for the strategic direction of the initiative. The Chairman works in partnership with the other Executive Officers to ensure that the initiative is managed
It is the responsibility of the Chairman to:

  • Undertake a leadership role in ensuring Council fulfils its responsibilities for the governance of the initiative.
  • Chair Council meetings and collaborator meetings.
  • Lead the Council in the development of strategic plans for the initiative.
  • Ensure that the Society is run in accordance with the decisions of the Oversight Committee, the Constitution, and appropriate legislation.
  • Provide leadership and support to Secretary.
  • Liaise with the Secretary and administrator over the drafting of agendas and supporting papers for Council meetings and ensure that the business is
  • covered efficiently and effectively in these meetings.
  • Act between full meetings of the Council in authorising action to be taken intra vires.
  • Ensure that the initiative maintains productive relationships with stakeholders, acting as the primary Council spokesperson.
  • Provide reports to Council, and at the AGM, on the overall performance of the initiative.
  • Sit on the REG Research Review Committee

Secretary to the Council

The role of Secretary is fulfilled by the REG Research and Communications Director. The Secretary is not a member of Council, but is a permanent role (to provide stability and continuity to the initiative The Secretary is responsible for the smooth and efficient running of meetings of the Council and any sub-committees, providing assistance and support to the Chairman. The Secretary works in partnership with the other Council members and Executive Officers to ensure that the Initiative is managed effectively. It is the responsibility of the Secretary to:

  • Arrange meetings of the Council and of any sub-committees and ensure that they are administered in accordance with the Constitution.
  • Act as the custodian of the Constitution and,
  • in liaison with the Council, regularly review its appropriateness and ensure that the Initiative’s activities reflect the objectives set out therein.
  • Oversee appointments of new/replacement Council Members.
  • Support the Council Members in the fulfilment of their duties and responsibilities
  • Facilitate liaison with external stakeholders
  • Provide reports to the Council at the AGM, on areas covered by the Secretary’s role.

Corporate Governance Lead

The Corporate Governance Lead (CGL) is responsible for working with the Business Director to oversee the financial management of the initiative in line with good practice, the Constitution and legal requirements. It is the responsibility of the CGL to:

  • Liaise with the Business Director over the
  • financial management of the initiative.
  • Review the Business Director’s annual budget and financial report.
  • Liaise with the Council Officers and Staff over the development of the initiative’s annual budget.
  • Monitor financial performance, ensuring income and expenditure is in line with expectations.
  • Provide reports to the Council at the AGM on the financial health of the initiative and advise on the financial implications of the initiative’s strategic plan.
  • Sit on the REG Research Review Committee


 Regional Leads

  • North Americas Lead
  • South America Lead
  • Europe Lead
  • Asia-Pacific Lead

REG’s Regional Leads are figure heads for the main global geographical territories. As residents within those regions, they provide guidance
on potential opportunities in those territories, including (but not exclusively):

  • Key regional meetings and conferences
  • Grant opportunities & funding bodies
  • Important changes in political and regulatory attitudes on issues relating to the objectives of the initiative (e.g. government grant announcements for patient-centred outcomes research; requests from regional regulatory authorities for inclusion of observational studies as part of licensing requirements)
  • Key insights into regional resources and regional relevance of proposed research ideas.
  • Provide reports to the Council at the AGM, on areas covered by the role description

Regional Leads will be part of the REG Research Review Committee, assisting to prioritise research proposals for REG research funding, mindful of geographical research needs.

Guideline Co-Leads

The Guideline Co-Leads (i.e. COPD Lead and Asthma/Allergy Lead) share the joint responsibility of remaining cognisant of the initiative’s ultimate goal of achieving better integration of real-life research evidence into clinical practice guidelines, policy and decision-making and to make sure that the REG activity programme is
always mindful of this as the final deliverable.
The Guideline Co-Leads will seek to identify:

  • Opportunities for REG to engage with guideline groups and committees to discuss the
  • potential role of real-life data
  • Identify gaps in existing guidelines that could be addressed using observational studies and/or pragmatic trials
  • Propose mechanisms for integrating real-life data into clinical guidelines (e.g. pursue
  • an evidence re-grading approach when developing guideline recommendations)
  • Provide reports to the Council at the AGM, on areas covered by the role description

Guideline Leads will be part of the REG Research Review Committee, assisting to prioritise research proposals for REG research funding, mindful of gaps within existing clinical guidance.

Society Liaisons

  • American Thoracic Society (ATS)
  • European Respiratory Society (ERS)
  • European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI)
  • International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) / UNLOCK Committee

REG’s Society Liaisons are “in-house” representatives of the views and attitudes of key respiratory societies. It is the remit of the Society Liaisons to:

  • Propose opportunities for REG/Society collaborations & joint activities, including:
    • Congress sessions
    • Research awards
    • Taskforces
    • Society networks
    • Educational events
    • Research projects
    • Grant opportunities.
  • Support the development (direct involvement or facilitation and advice) of REG proposals to the society and REG/Society joint activities.
  • Collaborate with other Society Leads to plan joint activities and events.
  • Advise the REG Council on the attitudes and position of the society in relation to real-life research.
  • Provide reports to the REG Council at the AGM, on areas covered by the role description.