Here you’ll find all our Governance information

BIOS is governed by a Board of Trustees, all of whom are elected by the members:

  • Chair – elected nationally
  • Vice-Chair – elected nationally
  • 3 England representatives – elected by members in England
  • 1 representative each from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic
    of Ireland– elected by members in the respective countries.
  • Leaders of Orthoptic Profession (LOOP) Lead

BIOS is both a company and a charity. As such, the Trustees also serve as company directors.

The Board of Trustees meets 4-5 times each year. They are also supported by a wider advisory Council, which meets together with the Trustees twice a year. We have a BIOS organisation chart here.

Details of the current Trustees and Council members can be found here. Their Terms of office are available here.

BOSTU is run independently, although the General Secretary attends the Board of Trustees as a non-voting member. You can find our more about the structure of the trade union here.

Governance Handbook

BIOS Strategic Plan

BIOS has a clear vision of what want to achieve over the next few years, which is set out in our Strategic Plan.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring that the Plan is delivered and, at the end of it, reporting on our success to our members.

Memorandum and Articles of Association

The responsibilities of our Trustees and the purpose of the Society are set our in our Memorandum and Articles, with further detail provided through by-laws.

Latest Memorandum and Articles of Association (01.05.2019)

Membership Bylaws

Annual General Meetings (AGM)

The 2023 AGMs were held in Belfast on 22 June. The date of the 2024 AGMs has yet to be confirmed.

AGM minutes unratified

BOSTU AGM minutes unratified

BIOS Trustees’ Report and Financial Statements

BOS TU Statement Accounts

Ratified Minutes from the 2022 AGMs:

AGM minutes

BOS TU AGM minutes

Previous AGMs: