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Governor role

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

Martin Rose









Message from Martin Rose, Public Governor (Bristol), August 2019

"Hi, my name is Martin Rose and am a new member of the team of governors here at UH Bristol. I was elected in May 2019 and, to be very honest, am still finding my way around. I have found everyone very approachable and there is a common cause, to make UH Bristol the best that it can be and something that the whole of Bristol can be very proud of. Indeed, I, along with my fellow governors, are proud to hear that the Care Quality Commission has given the Trust the rating of Outstanding for the second time. I would like to thank all of the staff at our hospitals for the hard work and dedication that they show every single day.  It is this hard work and dedication that gives our city and surrounding areas a health service to be truly thankful for, I know that I am. Read more from Martin at this link

 I am married with five grown up children and two granddaughters. I have worked for Bristol City Council for nearly 20 years in various roles. I have always lived in Bristol and Bristol hospitals have always formed a big part of my health care, and now, for my youngest son who has Cystic Fibrosis. Before becoming a governor I was part of the patient experience team at UH Bristol for nearly 10 years.

One of the key issues governors will be focused on over the next few months is the proposed merger between UH Bristol and Weston Area Health NHS Trust. At our Council of Governors meeting in July, we received a briefing on the latest steps in this process, asked a number of questions and sought reassurance from the Board. We'll continue to keep a close eye on developments. We have our Annual Members' Meeting to look forward to on the evening of Thursday 19 September; I think that this is going to be an amazing meeting for everyone to attend, if you possibly can, to find out more about what the Trust is doing and where we're heading. I would encourage everyone to be engaged in the very positive, bright future of the Trust."