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

In June 2021, we welcomed new governors to the Council of Governors as the 2021 governor elections concluded. The results of the elections can be seen here

Meet the Governors

You can see a full list of all our governors here (updated 24 September 2021). 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, which includes our governors is on our Reports and Publications page.

The Council of Governors present a variety of Health Matters Events (the Trust's programme of public information and engagement events for Foundation Trust members, staff, and members of the public) throughout the year. Visit our Health Matters Events page for more information on events! Although currently held on line, we hope to start face-to-face events soon.

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. 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 endeavor to answer your question during the meeting or provide a written response after the meeting. 

Forthcoming meetings:

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

Council of Governors Elections

Governors are elected to the Council of Governors by public Foundation Trust members and by members of staff. The Trust held elections for 11 governor seats in 2021, with nominations open from 4 March - 1 April 2021, voting taking place from 27 April-21 May, and new governors taking up office on 1 June. The results of the 2021 governor elections are here, the Notice of Poll here and the Notice of Election here.

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. The next governor elections will be held in Spring 2022, so if you think you might be interested in taking on the role of governor, please get in touch.

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