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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, 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 UHBW Council of Governors: 17 public governors, 6 staff governors and 6 appointed governors.

Meet the 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, 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 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.

Forthcoming meetings are below:

  • Tuesday 15 September 2020 - Annual Members' Meeting/Annual General Meeting: 5pm-6.30pm, to be held virtually.
  • Hear from our Board members and governors about the successes and challenges of the past year and plans for the next. There will also be an opportunity for you to put your questions to our Board members. The agenda for the meeting and the minutes from the previous meetings are available here and the Annual Reports and Accounts will be available in advance of the meeting on this page. For the weblink and joining details or for any other information please reserve your place here or email or call 0117 342 3764.
  • Friday 27 November 2020 at 2pm-4pm - Council of Governors Meeting Members of the public will be able to observe this meeting from home via a video link - please contact
  • Thursday 28 January 2021 at 2pm-4pm - Council of Governors Meeting Members of the public will be able to observe this meeting from home via a video link - please contact

Historic meeting packs

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 but we were 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 

About the Governor role and the 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 UHBW Membership Team on 0117 342 3764 or email

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.