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Council of Governors

Last updated: 09/05/2023

The role of the Council of Governors

Because we are a Foundation Trust, we have a Council of Governors. Governors play a key role at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust in helping to guide the development of services, holding the non-executive directors to account, representing the views of members, and undertaking a range of statutory duties such as the appointment of the chair and non-executive directors. Most governors are elected from the Foundation Trust membership. These elected governors reflect the interests of the community and represent their members when key decisions are taken at the Trust.

Meet the Governors

We have 29 Governors in total, which includes 17 Public Governors, six Appointed Governors from local stakeholders and six Staff Governors. A poster of our Governors is available here. Foundation Trust members can ask governors to raise issues at the Trust on their behalf. If you would like to contact the Governors or have any questions about Foundation Trust membership, please email the Membership Office at foundationtrust@uhbw.nhs.uk, call 0117 342 3764, or write to Corporate Governance, Trust HQ, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, Marlborough Street, Bristol BS1 3NU. A register of interests, which includes our governors, is on our Reports and Publications page.

Council of Governors meetings

We will no longer be live-streaming our Council of Governors meetings on their allotted dates below. Members of the public who wish to observe a meeting via a video link can do so using the YouTube links which will be posted to this page 48 hours after the meeting is held. All papers will continue to be published on this page prior to the meeting date and members of the public are invited to submit questions to the Council of Governors in line with the Trust’s normal process. Please be advised recordings will only be available for two weeks after the meeting.

Our Council of Governors meetings are open to all Foundation Trust Members, members of staff, and members of the public. Please note you are still able to ask questions of the Council of Governors by emailing them before the meeting to foundationtrust@uhbw.nhs.uk and we will endeavour to answer your question during the meeting or provide a written response after the meeting. 

This year's Council of Governors meetings are as follows:

  • Tuesday 18 April 2023.Papers are available here, additional papers here.
  • Thursday 29 June 2023, 10.00-12.30pm. Papers are available here, additional papers here.
  • Tuesday 12 September 2023, 17.15-19.15 (Annual Members Meeting). Slides from this meeting are available here. Please note the videos used have been removed from this pack but can be seen on our You Tube page.
  • Thursday 23 November 2023, 9.30-11.45am. Papers are available here.
  • Tuesday 16 January 2023, 10.00-12.30pm. Papers are available here.

2024/2025 Meeting dates (unless otherwise stated, these meetings will be held at Elim Bristol City Church, 3-15 Jamaica Street, Bristol BS2 8JP):

  • Extraordinary Council of Governors meeting: Wednesday 17th April 2024, 14.00-15.00. This meeting will be held in the Conference Room, Trust Headquarters, Marlborough Street, Bristol, BS1 3NU.
  • Thursday 23 May 2024, 14.00-16.30
  • Tuesday 16 July 2024, 10.00-12.30
  • Tuesday 10 September 2024, 17:15-19:15 (Annual Members Meeting).
  • Thursday 21 November 2024, 10.00-12.30
  • Friday 24 January 2025, 10.00-12.30 

Previous Council Of Governors papers are available here.

Council of Governors Updates to Foundation Trust Members

Every month, the Council of Governors write an update to Foundation Trust members on the things they have been involved in and send them to members as part of the monthly e-newsletter. If you are interested in hearing about what the Trust and the Governors have been up to, become a member and receive the full e-newsletter.

Governor Elections 2023

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in the elections for 2023. 

A report of voting is available at this link: here. The South Gloucestershire election was uncontested and the notice is available at this link: here

A Statement of Nominated Candidates is available at this link: here. Our Notice of Poll is available at this link: here. Our Notice of Election is available at this link: here

For more information about the governor role or the governor elections, please contact the Corporate Governance Team on foundationtrust@uhbw.nhs.uk or call 0117 34 23764.