The CHRC is governed by a Council which comprises a chairman as well as ex-officio, nominated, elected and non-voting members. The chairman is elected by majority vote of the Council while the ex-officio members include the Chief Medical Officers of CARICOM and other Caribbean territories and the CARICOM Representative for Health. The nominated members include representatives of the University of the West Indies (2), University of Guyana (1) and the Medical Research Council of the United Kingdom (1).
The Council can also elect up to six persons to serve as elected members.They are usually distinguished scientists with a strong record of achievements in health research. Appropriate institutions are also invited to send observers to the Council meeting. These persons are allowed to participate in the meeting but are not allowed to vote.
The CHRC is managed by a Scientific and Management Committee [SMC] that comprises its Director and Scientific Secretaries. The Director is a full-time employee and is essentially the Chief Executive Officer as he is responsible for ensuring that all policies are implemented and activities conducted effectively and efficiently.
The Scientific Secretaries serve in an honorary position and on a voluntary basis. Functions include advising the Director and assisting him to carry out functions such as preparation for and managing the annual scientific and council meetings and reviewing proposals for funding. They also support the efforts of young researchers serving as mentors in their country of residence.
The secretariat is currently located in Trinidad and Tobago where the Director is based. Staff members include Health Research Scientists, Monitoring & Evaluation Scientists and Officers, and Administrative Officers.