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Date: 17 February 2020

Time: 12:59

Council of Governors

The Council of Governors help to shape the strategic direction of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB). Their role is to hold the non-executive directors individually and collectively to account for the performance of the board on behalf of all Trust members and the public.

The governors oversee the performance of the Trust, appoint the chairman and non-executive directors and act as a link between the Trust and its members and the wider community.

There are currently 23 governors from across the categories below. Each governor was elected by members of the Trust.

Public governors

Public governors are drawn from six constituencies, five of which are formed from the parliamentary constituencies in Birmingham. The remaining 'Rest of England' constituency is made up of members living outside the Birmingham parliamentary boundaries but within England and Wales. The Trust currently has ten public governors.

Patient governors

Patient governors are members who live outside the Birmingham electoral wards but have been a patient at the Trust or care for patients of the Trust. There are three patient governors at the Trust.

Staff governors

Staff governors are current members of Trust staff and are drawn from four constituencies:

  • Medical (one seat)
  • Nursing (two seats)
  • Clinical professions allied to healthcare (one seat)
  • Corporate and support services (one seat)

Stakeholder governors

Stakeholder governors are made up of representatives from key organisations that work closely with the Trust who are selected by the leaders of those organisations. The Trust currently has five stakeholder governors who represent:

  • Local authority (Birmingham City Council)
  • University of Birmingham
  • Birmingham Faith Leaders Group
  • Secondary Education Sector of Birmingham
  • Surgeon General’s Department at the Ministry of Defence

Nomination Committee

The Council of Governors has appointed a sub-committee to assist with the nomination, appointment and remuneration of the Non-Executive Directors (the "Nomination and Remuneration Committee for Non-Executive Directors"). The Terms of Reference for the committee are available under the link at the bottom of this page.


Elections for the patient, public and staff governors take place on a rolling three year period. A list and a map of the public constituencies are available to download below.

For further information on elections, please contact Sarah Snowden, Corporate Affairs and Governor Liaison Manager:

Tel: 0121 371 4323

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