Non-Executive Recruitment

The Council

The role of the Council

The Council is the governing body of the GMC. The Council has 12 members, half of whom are lay and half doctors. The Medical Act 1983 as amended requires that at least one member of the Council lives or works wholly or mainly in each of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Council is responsible for the overall control of the organisation; it provides strategic leadership to the GMC and holds the executive to account. It ensures the organisation fulfils its statutory and charitable purposes to protect and promote the health, safety and well-being of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine.

The Council:

  • Exercises strategic leadership and strategic decision making, including setting the GMC’s overall goals and high-level policies, defining its mission and values, and shaping a positive organisational culture
  • Holds the Chief Executive and his/her team to account, ensuring that the GMC fulfils its statutory duties and charitable purpose. This includes making sure that it has effective governance systems in place, setting appropriate schemes of delegation, and ensuring probity in all its activities
  • Ensures that the GMC maintains effective relations with key interests and that processes are in place for meeting its obligations to other organisations
  • Sustains and monitors its own performance, overseeing the recruitment of members, and develops the capacity to work effectively.

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