Our Council of Governors

The Council of Governors is made up of elected and appointed people who are volunteers and are not paid. Our Governors have an important role in making sure our Trust is publicly accountable for the services it provides. They bring valuable perspectives and contributions to its activities, ensuring that both hospitals work well for patients, carers, staff, and the general public.

Who are our Governors?

If you would like to find out more about our Governors visit the meet our Governors page.

The Chairman of the Trust conducts the meetings of the Council of Governors.

Vij Randeniya is our Interim Chairman and he can be contacted via email: Vij.Randeniya@bch.nhs.uk

Our elected Governors are elected by the Members of the Foundation Trust, divided into distinct constituencies:

  • Public Governors are elected by people who live in the West Midlands region
  • Staff Governors are elected by people who are staff at the hospital
  • Patient and Carer Governors are elected by people who are either a Patient or the Carer of a Patient

Our Appointed Governors are drawn from partner organisations, for example, institutions of higher education.

The structure of our Council of Governors is explained in the Trust’s core Constitution.

 

What do they do?

The over-riding role of the Council of Governors is to hold the Non-Executive Directors individually and collectively to account for the performance of the Board of Directors, and to represent the interests of NHS Foundation Trust Members and of the public.

Our work ensures that the needs of the patients, local population, and staff are fully considered in decisions made about the Trust.

They meet as the Council of Governors four times a year to discuss the business of the Trust, helping shape its strategic plans and developments. The meetings are open to the public, so you are welcome to come along, meet the Governors and find out more about the Trust. The Governors also regularly attend events at each hospital and you should always feel welcome to approach one of them with any questions, ideas or concerns.

Download a brief guide on the role of NHS Foundation Trust Governors.

Our staff, public and patient governors are elected by members of our Trust. You can become a member for free by registering online, or call 0121 333 8367.


The Council of Governors meets formally four times per year and attends two meetings every year with the Board of Directors. During these meetings, they discuss how well the Trust is doing regarding providing care to our women, children and families and discuss matters to help shape our future.

For more information on what the role of a Governor involves and what support is offered, please either take a look at our dedicated leaflet, email bwc.foundationtrustoffice@nhs.net or call 0121 333 8433.

Alternatively, if you would like to submit a nomination, please email ftnominationenquiries@electoralreform.co.uk to obtain a form.

Welcome to our new governors

Following our recent elections, we are pleased to welcome new members to our Council of Governors!

  • Birmingham Children’s Carer Governor – Clare Maceachen
  • Birmingham Women’s Patient/Carer Governor – Lizzy Bernthal
  • Birmingham Women’s Patient/Carer Governor – Zafin Aktar
  • Birmingham Women’s Patient/Carer Governor – Kate Archer
  • Birmingham and Solihull Public Governor – Chris Jones
  • Medical Governor – Gill Derrick

We have also previously announced the following uncontested governors, who will also be joining the Council within the next few weeks:

• Birmingham Children’s Patient Governor – Zaira Akhtar
• Black Country Public Governor – Rizwan Jalil
• Midwife Governor – Justine Craig

Notice of poll

Uncontested report

Core constitution

Download our core constitution

Our Governors

Vij Randeniya

Interim Chairman
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Vij Randeniya

Dan Matthews

Public Governor/Lead Governor
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Dan Matthews

Zaira Akhtar

Patient Governor
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Zaira Akhtar

Lynda Cooper

Public Governor
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Lynda Cooper

Rob Foster

Public Governor
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Rob Foster

Omega Gavaza

Public Governor
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Omega Gavaza

Dr Chris Jones

Public Governor
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Dr Chris Jones

Karen Kelly

Staff Governor: Non-Clinical
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Karen Kelly

Rebecca O'Sullivan

Staff Governor: Clinical Other
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Rebecca O'Sullivan

Liz Walker

Carer Governor
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Liz Walker

Carola Wolf

Public Governor
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Carola Wolf

Tim Wilson

Public Governor
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Tim Wilson

Professor Ian Blair

Appointed Governor/Deputy Lead Governor
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Professor Ian Blair

Nicola Turner

Public Governor
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Nicola Turner

Sue Davies

Staff Governor: Nursing
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Sue Davies

Claire Terry

Public Governor
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Claire Terry