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UK council

Brian Keighley

Former BMA Scotland council chair Brian Keighley passed away on 9 November 2015. Read Dr Keighley's obituary in BMA News.


About BMA UK council

BMA council generally has 34 voting members, although this may be increased to a maximum of 38 voting members. Each is directly elected by the membership to give a geographical and cross-branch of practice mix. There are also a number of ex-officio non-voting members, including those who chair the many committees reporting to council.

Council sets the strategic direction of the BMA in line with policy decided by the representative body at the annual representative meeting. Council is responsible for the formulation of policy throughout the year and for ensuring the implementation of that policy. Council is the principal executive committee of the trade union.

Council also appoints members to central boards and committees, can establish additional committees and working groups.

Download the standing orders of council

Download the BMA annual financial report 2014



Mark PorterMark Porter chairs BMA council. He was elected in June 2012. 

Read his biography


Deputy chair

Dr Kailash Chand, Deputy chair of Council 2012 - 2013Dr Kailash Chand is deputy to Dr Porter.

On Monday 22 June 2015 Kailash Chand was re-elected unopposed as BMA council deputy chair.


Meeting dates

BMA UK council members meet 6 times per year, usually at BMA House in London. The meetings take place in the Council Chamber at BMA House from 10am to 5pm.

To find out more or to confirm your attendance, please email Nicholas Harrison or call 020 7383 6062 .

2015-2016 session

  • Wednesday 16 September 2015
  • Thursday 12 November 2015
  • Wednesday 13 January 2016
  • Wednesday 16 March 2016
  • Thursday 12 May 2016

2016-17 session

  • Wednesday 13 July 2016
  • Tuesday 13 September 2016 (council induction)
  • Wednesday 14 September 2016
  • Wednesday 16 November 2016
  • Wednesday 18 January 2017
  • Wednesday 15 March 2017
  • Wednesday 17 May 2017

2017-18 session

  • Thursday 13 July 2017
  • Wednesday 13 September 2017
  • Wednesday 15 November 2017
  • Thursday 11 January 2017
  • Wednesday 14 March 2018
  • Wednesday 16 May 2018


Reports from the UK council meetings

Council meeting documents

November 2015 (members only)

September 2015 (members only)

July 2015 (members only)


Previous council reports

May 2015

March 2015

January 2015

Annual report of council 2014

Find out about nominations

Articles and bye-laws 2015-16

Information about the rules that govern what we do.

Articles and bye-laws

Register of interests

Download UK council members' register of interests.

Read the register of interests, November 2015

BMA UK council code of conduct

The BMA council code of conduct outlines the required standards of conduct by members of BMA council.  We also provide guidance on members declaring interests and frequently asked questions on the code.

Sign in to download the code of conduct

BMA policy database

Go to the BMA policy database to search current and past policies

Access the policy database

Download the BMA Policy handbook