Vacancy -- Appointment of a Vice Chair (Non-Executive Director) Public Health Wales

Vacancy details

Public Health Wales
£23,192 per annum. (£223 per day).

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

  • Acting as Chair in the absence of the Board Chair;

  • Supporting the Chair and the wider Board in their responsibilities as outlined above;

  • Representing the Chair and the organisation at events at the Chair’s discretion;

  • Attending the NHS Wales Vice Chairs Peer Group meetings, taking an active role in representing the organisation’s interests and feeding back to the Chair and other organisational representatives as appropriate; ensuring that population health considerations are represented during discussions; attending the regular Ministerial meetings with this peer group;

  • Representing the organisation in system leadership work area;

  • Readiness to chair and/or be a member of one or more PHW Board sub-committees;

  • Proactively engaging in and influencing strategic issues on behalf of the Chair and Board;

  • 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 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

  • Experience of leading and/or developing a successful private, public or third sector organisation, or significant component thereof, with the ability to look ahead and provide strategic leadership;

  • Experience of understanding the relationship between resource allocation and management and delivery of service priorities within a framework of robust governance;

  • Ability to analyse complex information and contribute to sound decision making;

  • Ability to work with the Executives to ensure the Board leads the organisation effectively. Where necessarily you will demonstrate skills that will enable you to hold the executives to account for performance whilst maintaining a constructive relationship;

  • Ability to contribute to the Governance of the organisation, ensuring it is open and honest in its work;

  • Experience of working within complex stakeholder environments and multi-disciplinary teams

Interview dates

7 December 2022
7 December 2022

Closing date

14/11/2022, 23:55

Additional information

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.