The Society's Council has a significant role. It acts as a sounding board and advisory body for Society policies and a guide for Trustees about general membership opinion.
Bi-annual meetings of Council are timed to take place in the mornings before Trustees meet, so that related operational decisions can be made quickly and effectively.
Council comprises 18 elected members plus the BTS Board and several ex-officio appointments (including the Chairs of the BTS Specialty Trainees Advisory Group, the BTS Nurse Advisory Group, the British Paediatric Respiratory Society, the British Lung Foundation and the ERS national (UK) representative).
Elections take place for 6 new Council members each year. The constitution requires that one member under the age of 35 should be elected annually.