Council of Governors

Last updated: 20/05/2020

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 in helping to guide the development of services, holding the non-executive directors to account, and representing the views of members. 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. There are 29 governors in total on the UH Bristol and Weston Council of Governors: 17 public governors, 6 staff governors and 6 appointed governors.

Meet the Governors

There are 29 seats on the Council of Governors.

A register of interests of the governors is available here.

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 Membership Office, Trust HQ, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, Marlborough Street, Bristol BS1 3NU.

Council of Governor meetings

In line with guidance in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and in the interests of protecting our service users, patients and staff, we are unable to hold Council of Governors meetings in public at this time, and these meetings will be held via video conference until further notice. 

Members of the public who wish to observe a meeting from home via a video link can now do so by contacting FoundationTrust@UHBW.nhs.uk who will provide a web-link to the meeting.  All papers will continue to be published on this page prior to the meeting date and members of the public may submit questions in writing prior to the meeting to FoundationTrust@UHBW.nhs.uk.

Given the uncertainty as to how long the current restrictions will be required, the position set out above will remain in place until further notice. However, we look forward to welcoming back members of the public to our Council of Governors meetings as soon as the necessary steps to limit the transmission of COVID-19 are lifted.

Our Council of Governors meetings are open to all Foundation Trust Members, members of staff, and members of the public. Forthcoming meetings are below:

2020 - all meetings will be held at 2pm:

  • Thursday 28 May 2020 (via video link) - View the agenda and papers
  • Thursday 30 July 2020
  • Tuesday 15 September 2020 - Annual Members' Meeting/AGM: 5pm-7pm, Education and Research Centre, Upper Maudlin Street, Bristol, BS2 8AE
  • Friday 27 November 2020

2021 - all meetings will be held at 2pm:

  • Thursday 28 January 2021

Historic meeting packs for UH Bristol Foundation Trust can be found in the "Council of Governors" tab at:

Governor elections - 2020 elections postponed

The Trust was due to hold staff and public governor elections in April-May 2020. However, we have been advised to postpone these due to the Covid-19 situation. 

The next Governor elections are now scheduled for Spring 2021, when there will be 10 seats up for election: 3 Public (Bristol), 3 Public (North Somerset), 2 Staff (Non-Clinical) 1 Staff (Medical and Dental), and 1 Staff (Other Clinical).

For more information, please contact the UHBW Membership Team on 0117 342 3764 or foundationtrust@uhbw.nhs.uk 

About the Governor elections 

The role of the Council of Governors includes promoting public and staff involvement, offering views on the future development of our services and undertaking a range of statutory duties such as the appointment of the chair and non-executive directors. Governors are elected to the Council of Governors by public Foundation Trust members and members of staff. This is to make sure they represent the views of staff, patients, carers and the wider community when key decisions are made. Governor elections are held two years out of every three. For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions which are available here or please contact the UH Bristol and Weston Membership Team on 0117 342 3764 or email foundationtrust@uhbw.nhs.uk.

Historic information about Governors at UH Bristol Foundation Trust, which has merged with Weston Area Health Trust to become UHBW, please visit the UH Bristol Foundation Trust Governors page.