​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
Last reviewed: 1 July 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
Welsh council - David Bailey
Consultants committee - Vishal Sharma (chair elect)
General practitioners committee - Phil White
Junior doctors committee - Sarah Hallett
Medical academic staff committee - Mary Anne Burrow, Raj Gupta
Medical ethics committee - John Chisholm
Medical students committee - Rebecca (Becky) Bates, Tinaye Mapako
Private practice committee - Jeremy Lawrance, Jennifer Yell 
Public health medicine committee - Richard Jarvis, Penelope Toff
Staff, associate specialists and speciality doctor committee - Amit Kochhar, Rajesh Kumar
Board of the BMJ Publishing Group - Roger Horton
Board of science - Dame Professor Parveen J Kumar
Organisation committee - Krishan Aggarwal
Patient liaison group - Chrissie Douglass
Retired members committee - Brian Guttridge

Elected and voting members A-H

Alphabetical list of members elected in the 2018 election to serve until the close of the ARM in 2022.

Raymond Agius (occupational medicine, North West)
Jahangir Alom (medical students, South Central)
Jackie Applebee (general practice, London)
Philip Banfield (consultants, Wales)
Jennifer Barclay (junior doctors, North West)
Hannah Barham-Brown (junior doctors, London)
Rob Barnett (general practice, North Western)
Peter Bennie (consultants, Scotland)
Katie Bramall-Stainer (general practice, Eastern)
Kailash Chand (retired doctors, North West)
John Chisholm (other, London)
Christine Clayton (general practice, South East Coast)
Cristina Costache (junior doctors, South West)
David Craigmyle (retired doctors, South West)
Peter Curry (other, Scotland)
Paul Darragh (staff, associate specialists and specialty doctor, Northern Ireland)
Jacky Davis (consultants, London)
Thomas Dolphin (consultants, London)
Peter English (public health medicine, London)
Glynn Evans (armed forces, West Midlands)
Sam Everington (general practice, London)
Helen Fidler (consultants, London)
Alex Freeman (general practice, South Central)
Clare Gerada (general practice, London)
Zoe Greaves (junior doctors, North East)
Andrew Green (general practice, Yorkshire)
Gaurav Gupta (general practice South East Coast) (16 October 2018)
James Haddock (junior doctors, West Midlands)
Sara Hedderwick (consultants, Northern Ireland)
Michael Henley (consultants, East Midlands)
Peter Holden (general practice, East Midlands)
Sebastian Hormaeche (staff, associate specialists and specialty doctor, Eastern)
Philip Howard (consultant, London)

Elected and voting members I-Z

Alphabetical list of members elected in the 2018 election to serve until the close of the ARM in 2022.

Louise Irvine (general practice, London)
Anil Jain (consultant, North West)
Krishna Kasaraneni (general practice, Yorkshire)
Iain Kennedy (general practice, Scotland)
Lucie Cocker (junior doctors, Yorkshire)
Amit Kochhar (staff, associate specialists and specialty doctor, North West)
Mary McCarthy (general practice, West Midlands)
Ian McNab (consultants, South Central)
Kevin O’Kane (consultants, London)
Philip Pearson (consultants, East Midlands)
Trevor Pickersgill (consultants, Wales)
George Rae (general practice, North East)
Richard Rawlins (retired doctors, South West)
Michael Rees (academics, Wales)
Emma Runswick (medical students, North West)
Wendy Savage (retired doctors, London)
Radhakrishna Shanbhag (staff, associate specialists and specialty doctor, North West)
Christopher Smith (medical students, South Central)
Vicky Theakston (medical student (junior Doctor – since August 2018) East Midlands
Penelope Toff (public health medicine, South Central)
Richard Vautrey (general practice, Yorkshire)
Rajiv (Jeeves) Wijesuriya (junior doctor -now general practice June 2021, London)
David Wrigley (general practice, North West)
Jennifer Yell (consultants, North West)

Non-voting members

Krishan Aggarwal (general practice, London)
Philip De Warren-Penny (consultant, South West)
Rinesh Parmar (junior doctor, West Midlands)
Nitin Shroti (consultant, South East Coast)

Note regarding voting rights

In accordance with the TULCRA 1992, only those members directly elected to council by the membership of the BMA will be eligible to vote at council meetings.

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.

Meetings dates:

  • Wednesday 12 January 2022
  • Wednesday 16 March 2022
  • Wednesday 18 May 2022

For any questions regarding meeting documents, please email us.


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.


Nominations to the elections to UK council for the sessions 2022-23 to 2025-26 will open on Monday 10 January 2022.

Read more about the new election model and how to take part


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.