Organisation committee overview

The organisation committee advises on matters affecting the structure, function and representativeness of the BMA.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Last reviewed: 29 April 2022
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Krishan Aggarwal Organisation committee Jan 2021 video cover
Organisation committee overview by committee chair Krishan Aggarwal

The organisation committee is responsible for the oversight of the governance, structure and function of the association and has full delegated authority from UK council.

The articles and bye-laws are the rule book of the association.

The articles generally establish the powers and responsibilities of key bodies and members in the BMA. The bye-laws are subsidiary to the articles and generally describe the working methods of bodies and members.


What we do

  • Advise on matters affecting the structure, function and representativeness of the association and to liaise with other association bodies undertaking similar activities.
  • Advise on the constitutions, duties and powers of the association’s meetings, councils, boards, forums and committees, including responsibility for approval of standing orders and to recommend consequential amendments to the articles and bye-laws where appropriate.
  • Advise on the establishment of new committees, their duties and powers and constitutions, and on the disbanding and merging of committees and to recommend consequential amendments to the articles and bye-laws.
  • Advise on the interpretation or alteration of the existing, or the adoption of new, articles and bye-laws.
  • Consider and act on matters relating to divisions and regional councils, including the allocation of grants.

  • Make recommendations on the conferring of the association's awards and honours.

  • Advise council annually on the allocation and distribution of seats on the RB (representative body) including those minority groups to be invited to appoint representatives to the ARM (annual representatives meeting).

  • The award of the association’s gold medal for distinguished merit.


Our people

The voting committee members are elected from the ARM and UK council.

Chair: Krishan Aggarwal
Deputy chair: Jeeves Wijesuriya


(c) indicates the member is a member of BMA council.

Ex-officio members (without voting rights)

council chair, Chaand Nagpaul (c)
acting chair of the representative body, Latifa Patel (c)
treasurer, Trevor Pickersgill (c)
deputy council chair, David Wrigley (c)

Conference of honorary secretaries 2020-21 Chair - Julian Bashforth

Elected by the representative body
Rebecca Acres
Krishan Aggarwal (c)
Peter Holden (c)
Rajiv Kumar
Lewis Morrison (c)
Jeeves Wijesuriya (c)

Elected by council
Rob Barnett (c)
Stuart Blake

The conference of honorary secretaries 2020 Deputy chair, Christina Costache (c) 
as an observer at the request of the honorary secretaries conference.

Award and honours subcommittee members

The awards and honours subcommittee is an associated committee of the organisation committee.

chair, Krishan Aggarwal (c)
council chair, Chaand Nagpaul (c)
president, Neena Mori (c)
acting chair of the representative body, Latifa Patel (c)
treasurer, Trevor Pickersgill (c)
council deputy chair, David Wrigley (c)
Jeeves Wijesuriya (c)
Rob Barnett (c)
Rebecca Acres

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The committee meets two times a year to consider the latest governance issues affecting the association and approve standing orders. A third meeting may be called by the committee for urgent issues prior to the ARM.

Meeting dates:

  • No meetings currently scheduled.

All meetings take place from 10am to 5pm either virtually or at BMA House.



ARM elections 2022 to 2023

The organisation committee is holding elections for 5 seats for a one-session term, including:

  • 1 junior member
  • not more than 2 from the same branch of medical practice.

Of the nominees, BMA council will elect a further two seats for a one-session term.


To stand in this election, you must:

  • be a BMA member 
  • have a BMA online account.

Only ARM delegates can vote in this election.

Nominations and casting your vote

  • Nominations - from 12pm on Friday 29 April 2022 to 10am on Monday 27 June 2022.
  • Ballot - from 2pm on Monday 27 June 2022 to 12pm on Wednesday 29 June 2022.


Results will be announced from Friday 1 July 2022 at 5pm on the election portal.

Read our guide on how to use our online system for elections

Take part in the elections

If you have any questions about these elections, please email [email protected]


Get in touch

For more information, please email us.