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.
Download the standing orders of council
Mark Porter chairs BMA council.
He was elected in June 2012.
Read his biography
Dr Kailash Chand is deputy to Dr Porter.
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 .
- Wednesday 11 March 2015
- Thursday 14 May 2015
- 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 March, council discussed:
- Politics, Politics, Politics
- NHS bills
- Shape of Training
- Secondary uses of patient data
- Democratic processes
Read the March report
Previous council reports