​UK council

The BMA UK council sets the strategic direction of the association in line with policy decided by the representative body.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Friday 5 August 2022
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The BMA UK council is the principal executive committee of the trade union. It sets the strategic direction of the association in line with policy decided by the representative body. Council is responsible for the formulation and implementation of policy throughout the year between annual representative meetings.


Our people

BMA council currently has 55 voting members. Each is directly elected by the membership to give a geographical and 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.

UK council members

Members ex-officio

Council chair - Professor Philp Banfield
Chair of representative body - Latifa Patel
Treasurer - Trevor Pickersgill
President - Professor Martin McKee CBE

Chairs of the following bodies

Northern Ireland council - Tom Black
Scottish council - Lewis Morrison (chair elect)
Welsh council - David Bailey (chair elect)
Consultants committee - Vishal Sharma (chair elect)
General practitioners committee - Phil White
Junior doctors committee - Sarah Hallett/Mike Kemp
Medical academic staff committee - David Strain (chair elect)
Medical ethics committee - Zoe Greaves (chair elect)
Medical students committee - Khadija Meghrawi and Lara (Omolara) Akinnawonu
Private practice committee - Jeremy Lawrance, Jennifer Yell (chair elect)
Public health medicine committee - Penelope Toff (chair elect)
Staff, associate specialists and speciality doctor committee - Rajesh Kumar
Board of the BMJ Publishing Group - Roger Horton
Board of science - David Strain (chair elect)
Organisation committee - Krishan Aggarwal
Patient liaison group - Chrissie Douglass
Retired members committee - Brian Guttridge

Elected and voting members A-H

Alphabetical last name list of members elected in the 2022 election to serve until the close of the ARM in 2026 (2024 for medical student seats)

Becky Acres (Junior doctors, East Midlands)
Raymond Agius (Occupational Medicine North West)
Shah Ali (Junior doctors, West Midlands)
Shohaib Ali (Junior doctors, London)
Jackie Applebee (General practice, London)
David Bailey (General practice, Wales)
Philip Banfield (Consultants, Wales)
Becky Bates (Medical Students, East Midlands)
Stuart Blake (General practice, Scotland)
Corey Briffa (Medical Students, London,)
Ollie Burton (Junior doctors, West Midlands)
Hannah Cagney (Junior doctors, Scotland)
Anne Carson (Consultants, Northern Ireland)
John Chisholm (Other, London)
Christine Clayton (General practice, South East Coast)
Emma Coombe (Junior doctors, South West)
Cristina Costache (Junior doctors, Yorkshire)
Vassili Crispi (Junior doctors, Yorkshire)
Adam Daneshmend (Junior doctors, London)
Jacky Davis (Consultants, London)
Thomas Dolphin (Consultants, London)
Louis Downland (Medical Students, London)
Paul Evans, (General practice, North East)
Sam Everington (General practice, London)
Alex Freeman (General practice, South Central)
Preethi George Pandeth (Junior doctors, West Midlands)
Raanan Gillon (Academics, London)
Zoe Greaves (General practice North East)
Gaurav Gupta (General practice, South East Coast)
Sara Hedderwick (Consultants, Northern Ireland)
Michael Henley (Consultants, East Midlands)
Peter Holden (General practice, East Midlands)
Ian Martyn Hume (General practice, Eastern)
Shan Hussain (General practice, East Midlands, Ethnic minority)

Elected and voting members I-Z

Alphabetical last name list of members elected in the 2022 election to serve until the close of the ARM in 2026 (2024 for medical student seats).

Nyree Jackson (Junior doctors, West Midlands)
Anil Jain (Consultant, North West)
Gabrielle Jee (Junior doctors, Wales)
Terry John (General practice, London, Ethnic minority)
Omer Karim, (Consultants, South Central)
Iain Kennedy (General practice, Scotland)
Zain Khan (Medical Students, North East)
Amit Kochhar (Staff, associate specialists and specialty doctor, North West)
Sumi Manirajan (Junior doctors, London)
Kitty Mohan (Consultants, London, Ethnic minority)
Lewis Morrison (Consultants Scotland)
Anvarjon Mukhammadaminov (Junior doctors, South Central)
Kayode Oki (Medical Students, Scotland)
Serge Omanyondo (Junior Doctors, West Midlands, Ethnic minority)
Susan Overal (Retired members, South West)
Siddhant Parashar (Junior Doctors, North West)
Siobhan Quinn (Staff, associate specialists and specialty doctor, Northern Ireland)
Emma Runswick (Junior Doctors, North West)
Helen Salisbury (General practice, South Central)
Wendy Savage (Retired doctors, London)
Selvaseelan Selvarjah (Junior doctor, London)
Vish Sharma (Consultants, North West)
Arjan Singh Nagra (Junior doctors Ethnic minority)
Tom Stocks (Junior doctors, Eastern)
Alan Stout (General practice, Northern Ireland)
David Strain (Academics, South West)
Joanna Sutton-Klein (Junior doctor, Yorkshire)
Reshma Syed (General practice, South East Coast)
Penelope Toff (Public health medicine, South Central)
Richard Vautrey (General practice, Yorkshire)
Poh Jah Wang (Junior Doctors, North West)
Mark Weir (Armed Forces, South Central)
David Wrigley (General practice, North West)
Jennifer Yell (Consultant, North West)

Our meetings

The UK council meets six times a year. The meetings take place at BMA House in London or virtually from 10am to 5pm.


Our terms of reference

The BMA UK council sets the strategic direction of the association in line with policy decided by the representative body at the annual representative meeting. It is responsible for the formulation of policy throughout the year and is the principal executive committee of the trade union.

The constitution

Powers and duties

Article 72: The council is responsible for the lawful conduct of the association as a recognised trade union and as a professional association. The council shall exercise such powers and do such acts and things as may be exercised or done by the Association or are conferred on it pursuant to the articles and bye-laws and are not, by the provisions of any statute or of the articles, directed to be exercised or done by the Board, a General Meeting or by the Representative Body.

In particular, the council shall have power, in the interval between successive meetings of the representative body, to formulate and implement policies (not being inconsistent with any policy already laid down by the representative body and subject to article 77(2)) on any matter affecting the association.

The full constitution of council is set out below:

Ex-officio members
  • President of the association
  • Chair of the representative body
  • Deputy chair of the representative body
  • Chair of council
  • Treasurer
  • Chair of Northern Ireland council
  • Chair of Scottish council
  • Chair of Welsh council.

And the chairs of those committees and boards as specified annually by council on the advice of the organisation committee, subject to the proviso that the number of ex-officio members (excluding the four chief officers: the president of the association, the chair of the representative body, the chair of council and the treasurer) shall not exceed half the total number of voting members.

Voting members

Council will normally consist of between 58 and 74 voting members drawn from three categories: all UK nations/regions; all branches of practice; across the UK generally. Gender constraints are also applied.

Voting members are elected from a single UK constituency and are drawn from all UK electoral zones and from all branches of practice.

To ensure a spread of members from around the UK and from the various branches of practice, at least one member will be elected from each electoral zone and at least one from each branch of practice. Medical students will be limited to a maximum of two elected members and retired members to one elected member.

The UK electoral zones are: Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, north eastern, north western, central, eastern, London, central southern, and south western.

The branch of practice categories are academics, armed forces, consultants, general practice, junior doctors, medical students, occupational medicine, public health medicine, retired doctors, staff, associate specialists and specialty doctors.

Voting rights

Only those members directly elected to council by the membership of the BMA are eligible to vote at council meetings; ex-officio members are not eligible to vote unless directly elected in some other capacity.


UK council elections are now closed. Find out more about the regional council elections.


Get in touch

We're happy to answer any queries, give advice or help on any matter related to the UK council. Email council secretariat.