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Chair - Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Application deadline 24 October 2022


Cwm Taf University Health Board
Sponsor department
Welsh Government
Health and Social Care
Number of vacancies
Time commitment
15 day(s) per month
£69840 per annum
Length of term
4 years
Application deadline
5pm on 24 October 2022

Timeline for this appointment

  1. Opening date

    29 September 2022

  2. Application deadline

    5pm on 24 October 2022

Timeline dates are only an estimate and can change

Person specification

Essential criteria

Essential Criteria
Knowledge and Experience
? A track record of strategic, board level experience in a public, private or
third sector organisation;
? Ability to instil vision and lead the development of defined strategies in the
pursuit of achieving long, medium and short-term goals;
? Ability to demonstrate a commitment to engaging with people who use public
? An understanding of, and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion;
? Ability to show an appreciation of bilingualism and culture, and a commitment
to promoting and mainstreaming of the Welsh language.
? Ability to understand and facilitate the understanding of complex issues
? Evident ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team to meet common goals;
? Ability to provide, and encourage others to provide, independent challenge and
scrutiny whilst maintaining constructive relationships;
? Ability to motivate and develop the board to define roles and responsibilities,
ensuring ownership and accountability;
? Evidence of an understanding of effective governance
Personal Attributes
? Commitment to the Seven Principles of Public Life (Nolan Principles) and the
values of the health body;
? Strong interpersonal and influencing skills and ability to act as an effective
advocate and ambassador;
? Astute and able to grasp relevant issues and understand the relationships
between interested parties demonstrating sound judgement, sensitivity and political
? Capacity to be independent and resilient;

Desirable criteria

Desirable Criteria
? Demonstrable leadership and strategic change management experience including
culture change;
? An understanding of risk management and systems of internal control and assurance;
? Welsh language skills
Welsh Language Skills are desirable, however, all candidates will be expected to show
commitment towards the language and culture, and demonstrate leadership to strengthen
and promote bilingual service provision within the NHS in Wales (see above Essential
Knowledge and Experience). Where a candidate wishes to demonstrate they meet the
desirable criteria they should provide an indication of their skills against the
following level of skill:
Standards in public life
Understanding - Can understand some work-related conversations
Reading - Can read some basic words and phrases with understanding
Speaking - Can converse in some work-related conversations
Writing - Can write some basic messages on everyday topics
You will be expected to demonstrate high standards of corporate and personal conduct.
All successful candidates will be asked to subscribe to the Code of Conduct for Board
Members of Public Bodies

Role description

Role description

The CTMUHB Board plays a key role in shaping the strategy, vision, purpose and culture of
a Health Board. It holds the Health Board to account for service delivery, performance,
delivery of strategy and value for money. It is also responsible for ensuring that risks
to the Health Board, staff and the public are managed and mitigated effectively.
Led by an independent Chair and comprised of a mixture of both Executive and Independent
Members, the Board has a collective responsibility for the performance of the Health Board.
The Chair will be accountable to the Minister for Health and Social Services for the
performance of the Board and its effective governance, upholding the values of the NHS,
and promoting the confidence of the public and partners.
? Lead the development of a strategic vision for CTMUHB, identifying and realising the
inherent potential and skills within the organisation to develop an innovative and world
leading service;
? Provide independent judgement and advice on issues of quality, strategy, vision, performance,
resources, and standards of conduct;
? Constructively challenge, influence and support the Executive Directors to develop proposals
on such strategies;
? Support fellow Board members in providing leadership within a framework of prudent and
effective controls to ensure the long term sustainability of the organisation;
? Be accountable for the performance of the Board at community, regional and national levels
through the agreement and delivery of a three year medium term plan and an annual delivery plan.
? Ensure the Board provides effective scrutiny of the three year medium term plan, ensuring that
it establishes clear objectives to deliver the strategy; encompasses the necessary quality,
workforce, operational and financial resources for the organisation to meet its objectives;
and regularly reviews performance against the plan.
? Receive, review and apply appropriate scrutiny to quality, performance, workforce and financial
data and information to compare achievements against targets and, where necessary, support the
implementation of remedial action.
? Seek out challenging objectives for the Chief Executive and the Board for improving;
? Ensure effective control arrangements are in place to secure the financial viability of the
Health Board.
? Hold the Chief Executive to account across the breadth of their responsibilities.
? Provide strong, effective and visible leadership and communication across the breadth of the
Health Board’s responsibilities, internally through the Health Board and externally through their
connections with a wide range of stakeholders and partners within and outside of the NHS at a
national, community, and local authority level.
? Ensure the Health Board’s commitment to the highest standards of governance, such that it acts
in the interests of the population and partners it serves and is seen to be accountable for the
services provided and the resources used;
? Ensure the provision of accurate, timely and clear information to the Board and directors to
meet statutory requirements;
? Ensure that internal controls and systems of risk management are robust and well governed;
? Analyse and interpret information provided to the Board, seeking clarification, further assurances,
and triangulation of information wherever possible;
? Ensure the Health Board complies with its Standing Orders, policies, and relevant legislation and
Culture and Behaviour
? Demonstrate the Seven Principles of Public Life (also known as the Nolan Principles) of selflessness,
integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership and ensure the principles
are upheld by all Board members;
? Ensure the Health Board demonstrates an appreciation of bilingualism and culture, and a commitment
to promoting, embracing, and mainstreaming the Welsh language;
? Instil a culture that encourages staff, patients, families, and the public to raise concerns that
are then appropriately addressed;
? Ensure the Health Board embraces and promotes equality, diversity, and inclusion for all its
population, patients, staff, and stakeholders;
? Ensure the highest standards of probity, integrity, and governance, and that the Health Board’s
governance arrangements comply with best practice and statutory require-ments;
? Provide visible compassionate leadership in supporting and promoting a healthy culture for the
Health Board and reflect this, and the values of the Health Board, in their own behaviour;
? Bring past experience, knowledge and influence to the work of the Board to promote innovation,
curiosity, and to challenge norms;
? Build and maintain close relations between the Health Board’s partners and stakeholder groups
to promote the effective operation of the health body’s activities;
? Provide leadership to support and encourage effective working with partners, in particular with
Health Boards, NHS Trusts, Special Health Authorities, local authorities, the third sector and
social care partners, to ensure the planning and delivery of safe, effective services;
? Attend Welsh Government, health body peer groups and other stakeholder meetings where required;
? Undertake an external ambassador role, delivering in the public spotlight and instilling public
? Be expected, with support, to understand the business of the Health Board through active
Board Activities
? Plan Board meetings with the Chief Executive and Board Secretary.
? Facilitate the effective contribution of Board Members and ensure constructive relations within
the organisation and between Executive Directors and Independent Members.
? Chair the Health Board’s board meetings and lead development sessions and other meetings of
members as appropriate;
? Participate fully in the work of the Board and Committees, including pre- and post- meeting
engagement and annual evaluations to support good governance;
? In conjunction with the other Board Members, discharge their duties as Chair of the Health
Board’s Charitable Fund, of which the Board acts as the corporate trustee.
? Undergo an annual personal performance appraisal, participating in any additional training
and development highlighted as a result of the evaluation process to ensure personal objectives
are delivered

Board composition

All CTMUHB’s Board members share corporate responsibility for formulating strategy,
overseeing accountability, monitoring performance and shaping culture, together with
ensuring that the Board operates as effectively as possible.
The Board, which comprises of the Chair, Vice Chair, nine Independent Members, (up to)
three Associate Members, the Chief Executive and eight Executive Directors provide
leadership and direction, ensuring that sound governance arrangements are in place.
We are looking for an individual who understands the needs of the Health Board’s
population and the importance of ensuring diversity, inclusion and the promotion
of the Welsh Lan-guage. The Chair will be required to provide strong leadership
of the Board and uphold the values of NHS Wales.
This is particularly important due to the organisations status under the NHS Wales
Escalation and Intervention Arrangements. Whilst good progress has been made since
April 2019 there is still more to do under the leadership of the Chair and Chief

Regulation of appointment

This post is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. For more information, please refer to the Commissioner’s website 

Application and selection process

How to apply

In order to apply you will need to provide:

  1. A  Curriculum Vitae which provides your contact details, details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any relevant publications or awards;

  2. A supporting statement setting out how you meet the criteria for appointment, as set out in the person specification for the role;

  3. Information relating to any outside interests or reputational issues;

  4. Diversity monitoring information. This allows us to see if there are any unfair barriers to becoming a public appointee and whether there are any changes that we could make to encourage a more diverse field to apply. You can select “prefer not to say” to any question you do not wish to answer. The information you provide will not be used as part of the selection process and will not be seen by the interview panel;

  5. Disability Confident – please state if you want to be considered for the disability confident scheme;

  6. Reasonable adjustments - requests for reasonable adjustments that you would like to the application process (if applicable);

Please provide the information at points 3-6 above on the relevant form, or as part of your supporting statement.

The Advisory Assessment Panel reserves the right to only consider applications that contain all of the elements listed above, and that arrive before the published deadline for applications.

Overview of the application process

Public appointments are made on merit following a fair and open competition process which is conducted in accordance with the Governance Code for Public Appointments. We will deal with your application as quickly as possible and will keep you informed at key stages. We aim to conclude the appointment process within three months of the deadline for applications – this is in accordance with the Governance Code.

The assessment process

  1. Ministers are responsible and accountable to Parliament for the public appointments made within their department. As a result, they must be consulted at every stage of the appointments process.

  2. An Advisory Assessment Panel (“Panel”) is appointed by Ministers to assist them in their decision making. The role of the Panel is to decide, objectively, which candidates meet the eligibility criteria for the role.

  3. At the shortlisting meeting the Panel will assess applications against the eligibility criteria and decide which candidates have best met the criteria, who should be recommended for interview. Ministers will then be consulted on the Panel’s recommended shortlist. If you have applied under the Disability Confident Scheme and you meet all the essential criteria, then you will also be invited for an interview.

  4. Once the shortlist has been agreed by Ministers, you will be advised (by e-mail) whether you have been shortlisted. Those shortlisted will be invited to an interview.

  5. The Panel will meet again to interview candidates and determine who is appointable to the role. The Panel may invite you to make a brief presentation at the start of the interview and will go on to question you about your skills and experience, including asking specific questions to assess whether you meet the criteria set out for the post. The Panel will also explore with you any potential conflicts of interest or any other issues arising from your personal and professional history which may impact on an appointment decision.

  6. Details of the panel’s assessment of interviewed candidates are provided to Ministers, including whether they have judged a candidate to be appointable to the role. It is then for Ministers to determine merit and decide who should be appointed. In some circumstances, Ministers may choose not to appoint any candidates and re-run the competition.

  7. Ministers may choose to meet with candidates before deciding the outcome. Candidates should therefore be prepared for a short time gap between interview and a final appointment decision being made. Candidates who have been interviewed will be kept informed of progress.

  8. Once the decision on the appointment has been made, interviewed candidates will be advised of the outcome of their application, including whom they may approach for feedback. Successful candidates will be issued with their Terms & Conditions and a letter of appointment should they agree to take up the position.

Further information about appointments, including tips on applying, can be found on our guidance pages on

Advisory Assessment Panel (AAP)

The Minister for Health and Social Services will be assisted in their
decision making by an Advisory Assessment Panel. This panel will be made
up of Judith Paget, Director General and NHS Wales Chief Executive,
Moawia Bin-Sufyan, Senior Independent Panel Member, Mick Giannasi, Chair,
Social Care Wales and Helen Arthur, Director of Workforce and Corporate
Business, Health and Social Services Group, Welsh Government.
In undertaking their assessment of candidates, the role of the Panel is
to decide objectively who meets the published selection criteria for the
role, in other words, who is appointable to the role. The panel will
be chaired by Judith Paget

Eligibility criteria

In general, you should have the right to work in the UK to be eligible to apply for a public appointment.

There are a small number of specialist roles that are not open to non-British citizens. Any nationality requirements will be specified in the vacancy details.

The Government expects all holders of public office to work to the highest personal and professional standards. 

You cannot be considered for a public appointment if:

  • you are disqualified from acting as a company director  (under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986);

  • have an unspent conviction on your criminal record;

  • your estate has been sequestrated in Scotland or you enter into a debt arrangement programme under Part 1 of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Act 2002 (asp 17) as the debtor or have, under Scots law, granted a trust deed for creditors.

When you apply, you should declare if:

  • you are, or have been, bankrupt or you have made an arrangement with a creditor at any point, including the dates of this. 

  • you are subject to a current police investigation.

You must inform the sponsor department if, during the application process, your circumstances change in respect of any of the above points. 

When you apply you should also declare any relevant interests, highlighting any that you think may call into question your ability to properly discharge the responsibilities of the role you are applying for. You should also declare any other matters which may mean you may not be able to meet the requirements of the Code of Conduct of Board Members (see Outside interests and reputational issues section below)

Security clearance

The successful candidate will be required to undertake Baseline Personnel Security Standard checks in line with the Civil Service guidelines. Additional Security Clearance may also be required for certain roles. However, where this applies, candidates will be notified during the appointment process. Further information on National Security Vetting can be found on the website here.

Additional information for candidates

Equality and diversity

We encourage applications from talented individuals from all backgrounds and across the whole of the United Kingdom. Boards of public bodies are most effective when they reflect the diversity of views of the society they serve and this is an important part of the Government’s levelling up agenda.
We collect data about applicants’ characteristics and backgrounds, including information about people’s educational and professional backgrounds, so that we can make sure we are attracting a broad range of people to these roles and that our selection processes are fair for everyone. Without this information, it makes it difficult to see if our outreach is working, if the application process is having an unfair impact on certain groups and whether changes are making a positive difference.
When you submit your application, your responses are collected by the Cabinet Office and the government department(s) managing your application. The data is used to produce management information about the diversity of applicants. You can select “prefer not to say” to any question you do not wish to answer. The information you provide will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel who review applications against the advertised criteria and conduct interviews.

Disability confident

We are a member of the Government’s Disability Confident scheme. We use the Disability Confident scheme symbol, along with other like-minded employers, to show our commitment to good practice in employing people with a disability. The scheme helps recruit and retain disabled people. 
As part of implementing the scheme, we guarantee an interview for anyone with a disability whose application meets the essential criteria for the role, set out in the advert, and who has asked that their application is considered under the scheme. Indicating that you wish your application to be considered under the scheme will in no way prejudice your application. By ‘minimum criteria,’ we mean that you must provide evidence which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required under each of the essential criteria, as set out in the job-advert.
When you apply you will have the opportunity to select if you would like your application considered under this scheme.

Reasonable adjustments

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to make sure applicants with disabilities, physical or mental health conditions, or other needs are not substantially disadvantaged when applying for public appointments. This can include changing the recruitment process to enable people who wish to apply to do so.
Some examples of common changes are:
  • ensuring that application forms are available in different or accessible formats;
  • making adaptations to interview locations;
  • allowing candidates to present their skills and experience in a different way;
  • giving additional detailed information on the selection / interview process in advance to allow candidates time to prepare themselves;
  • allowing support workers, for example sign language interpreters;
  • making provision for support animals to attend.
When you apply you will have the opportunity to request reasonable adjustments to the application process.

Principles of public life

Holders of public office are expected to adhere to and uphold the Seven Principles of Public Life These are:

  1. SELFLESSNESS - Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family or their friends;
  2. INTEGRITY - Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties;
  3. OBJECTIVITY - In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit;
  4. ACCOUNTABILITY - Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office;
  5. OPENNESS - Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands;
  6. HONESTY - Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest;
  7. LEADERSHIP - Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

Code of conduct for board members

The Government expects all holders of public office to work to the highest personal and professional standards. In support of this, all non-executive board members of UK public bodies must abide by the principles set out in the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies. The Code sets out the standards expected from those who serve on the boards of UK public bodies and will form part of your terms and conditions of appointment.

Management of outside interests and consideration of reputational issues

Holders of public office are expected to adhere and uphold the Seven Principles of Public Life and the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies. Before you apply you should consider carefully: 
  • any outside interests that you may have, such as shares you may hold in a company providing services to government; 
  • any possible reputational issues arising from your past actions or or public statements that you have made; 
  • and/or - any political roles you hold or political campaigns you have supported; 
which may call into question your ability to do the role you are applying for.
You will need to answer relevant questions in relation to these points when making an application. Many conflicts of interest can be satisfactorily resolved and declaring a potential conflict does not prevent you from being interviewed. If you are shortlisted for an interview, the panel will discuss any potential conflicts with you during that interview, including any proposals you may have to mitigate them and record that in their advice to ministers. Alongside your own declaration, we will conduct appropriate checks, as part of which we will consider anything in the public domain related to your conduct or professional capacity. This may include searches of previous public statements and social media, blogs or any other publicly available information. The successful candidate(s) may be required to give up any conflicting interests and their other business and financial interests may be published in line with organisational policies. 
Details of declared political activity will be published when the appointment is announced, as required by the Governance Code (political activity is not a bar to appointment, but must be declared).

Status of appointment

As this is an office holder appointment, you will not become a member of the Civil Service. You will not be subject to the provisions of employment law.

Appointment and tenure of office

Appointments are for the term set out in this advert, with the possibility of re-appointment for a further term, at the discretion of Ministers.  Any re-appointment is subject to satisfactory annual appraisals of performance during the first term in the post. There is no automatic presumption of reappointment; each case should be considered on its own merits, taking into account a number of factors including, but not restricted to, the diversity of the current board and its balance of skills and experience. In most cases, the total time served in post will not exceed more than two terms or serve in any one post for more than ten years

Remuneration, allowances and abatement

£69,840 pa plus travel and other reasonable expenses

Pension and redundancy

This is an office holder appointment and does not attract any benefits under any Civil Service Pension Scheme. You will not be eligible for redundancy pay as you are not an employee. No other arrangements have been made for compensation upon the end of your term of appointment because an office holder who is appointed for a limited duration would have no expectation of serving beyond that period.

Application feedback

We will notify you of the status of your application. We regret that we are only able to offer detailed feedback to candidates who have been unsuccessful at the interview stage.

How to complain

We aim to process all applications as quickly as possible and to treat all applicants with courtesy.
Please contact the public appointments team in the first instance if you would like to make a complaint regarding your application at They will acknowledge your complaint upon receipt and respond within 15 working days.

How to complain to Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA)

If you are not content with the appointing department’s response you may wish to further complain to the Commissioner at information on how the Commissioner handles complaints can be found on the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ website

Data protection

The Cabinet Office will use your data in line with our privacy policy.

Contact details

For further information regarding the selection process or applying for the role, please contact: 
Public Appointments Team, Public Bodies Unit, Email:
For further information regarding the role of Chair of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, please contact:
Judith Paget, Director General, Health and Social Services/NHS Wales Chief Executive, Welsh Gov-ernment Email: /
Georgina Galletly, Director of Governance and Board Secretary, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, Email:
For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit