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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, 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. There are 29 governors in total on the UHBW Council of Governors: 17 public governors, 6 staff governors and 6 appointed governors.

Meet the Governors

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 Membership Office, Trust HQ, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, Marlborough Street, Bristol BS1 3NU. A register of interests of the governors is available here.

Governor elections - March-May 2021

Governor elections are currently taking place. There are 11 seats up for election: 4 Public (Bristol), 3 Public (North Somerset), 2 Staff (Non-Clinical) 1 Staff (Medical and Dental), and 1 Staff (Other Clinical). The governor role is an interesting and rewarding one and is a good opportunity for members of the public and members of staff to influence the development of the Trust and the delivery of our services. Check out some of our governors talking about their roles:

Nominations for election were open from Thursday 4 March 2021 to Thursday 1 April 2021, with voting taking place in May. To find out more about the role of a governor please have a look at our information pack or see our Frequently Asked Questions which are available here or contact the UHBW Membership Team on 0117 342 3764 or foundationtrust@uhbw.nhs.uk 

Council of Governors meetings

Our Council of Governors meetings are open to all Foundation Trust Members, members of staff, and members of the public. In line with national advice about Covid-19 Coronavirus and in the interests of protecting our service users, patients and staff, we cannot hold face-to-face meetings at this time, and so these meetings will be held virtually until further notice and streamed online for public viewing.

Forthcoming meetings:

Extraordinary Council of Governors meeting: Thursday 25 March 2021 - public session 1pm-1.30pm - View the agenda and papers (version 2 -23/3/21)

Council of Governors meeting: Thursday 27 May 2021 at 2pm-4pm

Council of Governors meeting: Thursday 29 July 2021 at 2pm-4pm

Annual Members' Meeting - Thursday 16 September 2021 at 5.30-7.30pm

Council of Governors meeting: Tuesday 30 November 2021 at 2pm-4pm

Council of Governors meeting: Friday 28 January 2022 at 2pm-4pm

Historic meeting packs

Historic meeting packs before April 2020 for the former University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust  can be found in the "Council of Governors" tab at: UH Bristol Foundation Trust