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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.

Ray Phipps









Message from Ray Phipps, Public Governor for South Gloucestershire, July 2019

"Hello, I`m Ray Phipps, Public Governor.  I have served on the Council of Governors for the past four years and recently been re-elected for a further term of three years. I am chair of the Constitution Focus Group which has responsibility for a range of matters including changes to the constitution, engaging with governors, assessment of the Trust membership profile, and oversight of governor development to ensure they are able to fulfil the role.  We also receive updates from the Trust's Audit Committee and are able to question them on their reports.

Now that the governor elections are settled we find ourselves with an excellent balance of new and more experienced council members which includes appointed, elected staff and elected public governors. This profile of governors functions well and I personally find it a privilege being a governor of UH Bristol which has an outstanding reputation. Engaging with the staff, managers, Non-Executive Directors and Board members at our regular meetings is a very rewarding  experience  and illustrates the skills, compassion and dedication that exists throughout our organisation.

We hold a full range of Health Matters Events throughout the year. Many thanks to all who attended our most recent on 20 June which was on the subject of Children`s Trauma Services, attendance and engagement showed how interesting and helpful the presentation was. Our next event on 16 July will be on the subject of Stroke, please do come along to what will be an informative, helpful and interesting event.  I hope to see you there."