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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.


Penny Parsons


Message of the Month from Penny Parsons, Public Governor (North Somerset), January 2020

"Hello, my name is Penny, and I am a Governor for North Somerset. Happy New Year! And as we are at 'the top of the year', it has prompted me to look back over my three years as a Governor. They say time goes quickly when you're having fun, and it HAS been fun...a great mixture of commitment, reading, learning, communicating, discussing , self-questioning, and, yes, genuine friendship and camaraderie.

Within the Council of Governors, we all come from different work backgrounds and experiences, but our reasons for wanting to become Governors, I believe, are very similar...we believe in the NHS, we are passionate about preserving it and nurturing it, and as well as this, many of us have reasons to be grateful to this wonderful Health Service, and just want to put something back.

Yes, it IS a serious commitment, and yes, it DOES demand a chunk of time devoted to it, but in return, one has an incredibly rewarding feeling of involvement, effectiveness and satisfaction that your contribution means something and is worthwhile. I am really looking forward to seeing what 2020 has in store for us as Governors!"