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.
The Articles of the Association require Council to administer BMA affairs in line with the Articles and Bye-laws. It formulates and implements policies on any matter affecting the BMA and its members between meetings of the Representative Body (RB), providing that these policies are not 'inconsistent with any policy already laid down by the Representative Body' (Article 70).
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.
Dr Mark Porter chairs BMA Council.
He was elected in June 2012.
Read his biography
Dr Kailash Chand is deputy to Dr Porter.