Vacancy -- Appointment of a Non-executive Director (Third Sector) to Public Health Wales

Vacancy details

Public Health Wales
Various locations
£9,360 per annum.

Function of body

Public Health Wales is the National Public Health Institute in Wales. Its vision is Working to achieve a healthier future for Wales and, in delivering this vision, it plays a pivotal role in driving improvements in population health and wellbeing, reducing health inequalities, improving healthcare outcomes, protecting the public and supporting the development of health in all policies across Wales.

The organisation works closely with communities, NHS organisations, local authorities, ministers and officials and a wide range of partners including the voluntary sector, housing, education and the police and criminal justice system. It also has an increasing role in supporting public health internationally as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre and through its many relationships with international partners including the International Association of National Public Health Institutes.

Role description

Non-executive Directors will, among other things:

  • Discharge effective governance of the organisation, in all its integrated forms. The Board is a Unitary Board, and Executive and Non-Executive Directors are collectively responsible for Board-level decision-making. Non –Executive Directors have a scrutiny and oversight role and to bring their experience and expertise to bear in support of the Board discussions and decisions.
  • Set the tone and culture for the organisation, ensuring that all staff can come to work and thrive as their authentic selves, without fear of discrimination or disadvantage of any kind.
  • To maintain a ‘line of sight’ from the Board to the front line and back again.
  • Contribute to the work of the Board based upon your independence, past experience and knowledge, and your ability to stand back from day to day operational management. 
  • Contribute to a joined up, robust and transparent decision-making process at Board level, to ensure openness and accountability foe decisions made.
  • Be expected to have sufficient working knowledge of Public Health Wales’ services and functions to ensure good governance, effective risk assessment and management and delivery against approved plans.
  • Work closely with other public, private and voluntary bodies, to ensure that all relevant views are taken into account during the decision-making process. The interests of service users should be paramount in this respect.
  • Analyse, and critically review, complex information to ensure that decision-making is as informed as possible.
  • Oversee the effective stewardship of resources, ensuring openness and accountability in the allocation and utilisation of resources
  • Where NEDs have a specific portfolio, to reflect the views of portfolio stakeholders at Board level.
  • Discharge the role in accordance with the Nolan Principles and the Public Health Wales’ Board Etiquette.

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 some basic words and phrases with understanding
Can write basic messages on everyday topics
Can understand routine work-related conversations
Can hold some work-related conversations

Person specification

In your application you will need to demonstrate:

  • A knowledge and understanding of the role of the Third sector in Wales;

  • Ability to apply your knowledge and understanding of Third Sector matters, in relation to public health, and the wider determinants of health in a strategic Board environment;

  • An understanding of the issues affecting the Third Sector nationally and the ability to work in partnership to achieve joint / desired outcomes;

  • Experience of working at a senior executive or Board level.

Interview dates

11 January 2022
12 January 2022

Closing date

03/12/2021, 23:55

Additional information

For more information about working for PHW, please see the link

Recruitment of non-executive directors to Public Health Wales - Public Health Wales (

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Public Appointments Team

For further information regarding the role of Non-Executive Directors, please contact:

Helen Bushell, Board Secretary and Head of Board Business Unit,

Public Health Wales

Tel: 07711 819665


For further information about Public Health Wales, you may wish to visit the organisation’s website:

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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.