The Council comprises up to 40 members, including the 12 Trustees. Excepting the Trustees, the Council Members are nominated and elected by the General membership, or can be co-opted by the existing Council. COPE Council are responsible for the operational activities of COPE and are Constitutional Members of COPE under company law. The Council meets four times a year and is chaired by the Chair. Members of the Council are also responsible for the activities of the 7 subcommittees.Read about the code of ethics for the Trustee Board and Council, based on 8 principles: organisational purpose, leadership, integrity, decision-making, risk & control, board effectiveness, diversity, openness and accountability, COPE mission.