Vacancy -- Chair - Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Vacancy details

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board Headquarters, 3 Ynysmeurig House, Navigation Park, Abercynon, CF45 4SN
£59,760 per annum (review pending) plus travel and other reasonable expenses within reasonable limits.  

Function of body

Formed on 1 April 2019, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (CTMUHB), provides and commissions a full range of hospital and community, population health services for the residents of Rhondda Taf Ely, Merthyr Cynon and Bridgend.  This includes the provision of local primary care services; GP Practices, Dental Practices, Optometry Practices and Community Pharmacy and the running of hospitals, health centres and community health teams.  The Health Board is also responsible for making arrangements for residents to access more specialised health services where these are not provided within the Health Board boundary

The CTMUHB population amounts to around 450,000 (Stats. Wales) comprising Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Councils. With around 12,000 staff, it is one of the largest employers in the area (10,500 whole time equivalents). A significant number of our workforce live and work within these communities. Detailed information about the services we provide and our facilities can be found on our . The Health Board reports regularly on its performance including the Delivery Framework targets set by Welsh Government which can be found there too. 

During 2020, the Health Board introduced a new Operating Model which sets out how the Health Board is organised to best support keeping people healthy and caring for our population.  This has seen the creation of three Integrated Locality Groups (ILGs) covering the population CTMUHB serves. These localities, which are clinically led, now enable decision-making closer to those citizens who rely on CTM services and therefore more tailored to local population needs. This new way of working has empowered staff and provided opportunities for leadership and involvement in developing and delivering quality services, with a focus on population health.

In April 2019, CTMUHB was put into ‘Special Measures’ for Maternity and ‘Targeted Intervention’ for Trust and Confidence, Leadership and Culture and Quality and Governance. The Health Board continues to improve services, informed by learning lessons and is committed to continuous improvement working with staff, patients and families and other partners across the CTM community.

Extensive engagement with staff, partner organisations and our local communities has helped the Health Board begin the journey to transform organisational culture to one that is underpinned by a clear and shared set of values and behaviours.

The Health Board is currently developing its strategy as an organisation to truly focus on how they can improve the health and wellbeing of their population as well as ensuring they continue to improve outcomes and provide the best, high quality services to local communities.  


CTMUHB is responsible for hosting the following organisations on behalf of the Welsh Government and NHS Wales:

  • Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC)
  • Emergency Ambulance Services Committee (EASC).
  • National Imaging Academy


CTMUHB works with a wide range of partners in a range of capacities including other health bodies, local authorities, ambulance service, police, fire and rescue services and the voluntary/charity sector.

All CTMUHB’s Board members share corporate responsibility for formulating strategy, ensuring 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, 9 Independent Members, 3 Associate Members, the Chief Executive and 8 Executive Directors provide leadership and direction, ensuring that sound governance arrangements are in place.

Role description

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 throughout the Health Board area. 

The Chair of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board will:-

  • Lead the Board in the Development of a Strategic Vision for the Health  Board’s services of the future, realising and building on the inherent potential and skills within the organisation to develop an innovative and exemplar service with the aim of improving well-being and outcomes for the population; 
  • Provide effective and visible leadership across the breadth of the Board’s responsibilities, internally through the Board and externally through  connections with a wide range of stakeholders and partners at community, local authority, Health Board and national levels;
  • Ensure the Board delivers effectively together the strategic and operational aims of the Health Board through delivery of strategic aims, policy and ensuring good governance; 
  • Be responsible for maintaining the highest quality of public health standards and practices, and improving quality and safety of healthcare;
  • Be accountable for the performance of the Board at community, local authority, Board and national levels through the agreement of a three year Integrated Medium Term Plan (IMTP) and an annual delivery plan and the annual evaluation of achievements against the plan in public by the Minister for Health and Social Services; 
  • Hold the Chief Executive to account across the breadth of their responsibilities;
  • Work effectively with partners, in particular with primary care contractors and other NHS bodies,  Universities, Local Authorities, the Third Sector and Social Partners, to ensure the planning and delivery of safe, effective, person centred services aiming to improve population outcomes;
  • Provide the assurance and governance for the proper stewardship of public money and other resources for which the Board is accountable; 
  • Provide the assurance for ensuring that the Board is governed effectively within the framework and standards set for the NHS in Wales, with a particular emphasis on ensuring openness and transparency;
  • Undertake an external ambassador role, delivering in the public spotlight and instilling public confidence.

Welsh language skills

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing bilingual capabilities in public appointments in Wales, and welcomes applications from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh.  The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the recruiting body of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.
Can read simple material on everyday topics with understanding
Can write basic messages on everyday topics
Can understand basic conversations about everyday topics
Can hold some work-related conversations

Person specification

Please note the eligibility criteria below before submitting an application for this campaign. 

Essential Criteria

Knowledge and Experience

  • Ability to instill vision and lead the development of defined strategies in the pursuit of achieving long and short-term goals;
  • Ability to facilitate the understanding of complex issues while demonstrating respect for the views of others;
  • Ability to ensure a board works together effectively through their active involvement in a robust and transparent decision making process;
  • Ability to motivate and develop the board to define roles and responsibilities to ensure ownership and accountability;
  • A clear commitment to understanding and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion; and
  • Ability to show an appreciation of bilingualism and culture, and a commitment to promoting and mainstreaming of the Welsh language.

Personal Attributes

  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills and ability to act as an effective advocate and ambassador; 
  • Sound judgement, sensitivity and political awareness;
  • Capacity to be independent and resilient;


Desirable Criteria

  • The ability to speak Welsh

Interview dates

10 August 2021
13 August 2021

Closing date

28/06/2021, 10:00

Additional information

Eligibility Criteria

A person shall be disqualified from this appointment if they:

a.      are or have been within the preceding year in the paid employment of a Trust or Health Board in Wales within the area of the Board to which they are seeking appointment. 

b.       are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or an interim order or has made a composition or arrangement with creditors

c.        have been dismissed, otherwise than by reason of redundancy, or non-renewal of a fixed term contract, from any paid employment with a health service body;

d.       are a current board member of another health service body in Wales, where:

  •    the tenure will not have ended prior to commencement in this position if appointed, or
  •    the intention is not to resign from that position if appointed.

e.       are a person whose tenure of office as the chair, member or director of a health service body has been terminated because their appointment is not in the interests of the health service, for non-attendance at meetings or for non-disclosure of pecuniary interest;

f.        have within the preceding 5 years been convicted in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man of any offence and has had passed on them a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than 3 months without the option of a fine;


Contact details:

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Public Appointments Team

Public Bodies Unit


For more information on the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, please contact Mrs Georgina Galletly, Director of Governance via email at who will arrange for you to receive the further information that you request, or for you to speak with Health Board colleagues if requested.

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How to apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button below. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system.  You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form.  To apply you will need to submit two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates.  This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4.  Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.  The second document is a full, up to date CV.  The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities.  We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years. 

It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence.  You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go.  You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.

If you’d like to apply for this opportunity in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Team on

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This vacancy is closed to applications.