UK council

About BMA 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 and manages the association and the BMJ Publishing Group, subject to the decisions of general and representative meetings.



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.
Read his biography 



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 .


2014-2015 session

  • Wednesday 11 March 2015
  • Thursday 14 May 2015


2015-2016 session

  • Wednesday 15 July 2015
  • Wednesday 16 September 2015
  • Thursday 12 November 2015
  • Wednesday 13 January 2016
  • Wednesday 16 March 2016
  • Thursday 12 May 2016


Reports from the UK council meetings

In January, council discussed:

  • Winter pressures
  • Proposed legislation
  • Public health and healthcare delivery
  • 2015 UK election
  • Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
  • Listening to patients
  • Celebrating and commemorating members

Read the January report

Previous council reports

November 2014

September 2014

July 2014

May 2014

March 2014

Annual report of council 2013-2014

Download the report

Articles and bye-laws

Information about the rules that govern what we do.

Articles and bye-laws

Register of interests

Download UK council members' register of interests for 2014-15.

Read the register of interests, January 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 plus guidance on members declaring interests and frequently asked questions on the code

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UK council elections 2014 - 2018

The results for 2014 election of 18 voting members of the BMA council have been finalised.

See the list of newly elected council members