Vacancy -- Appointment of Non-Executive Director/Independent Member (Legal)

Vacancy details

Velindre University NHS Trust
Velindre University NHS Trust has a Headquarters at Parc Nantgarw in Cardiff. The Trust provides specialist cancer and blood services for people across Wales through Velindre Cancer Centre (external link) and the Welsh Blood Service (external link). The successful candidate will therefore be required to travel, although a significant number of other meetings and Board related events will be held at their main sites in Nantgarw, Cardiff and Talbot Green. It may be necessary to stay overnight on some occasions.

The remuneration for the role of Independent Member of the Trust is a fixed sum of £9,360 per annum. 


Function of body

Velindre University NHS Trust was established as a NHS Trust in 1994 and is the longest established NHS organisation in Wales. The Trust was awarded University status on 30th November 2017 in recognition of its efforts to strengthen its reputation as a centre for excellence for research, development, education and innovation across the fields of cancer care, blood, transplantation and biomedical sciences.

The University Trust provides a wide range of specialist services at local, regional and national levels. 

Velindre University NHS Trust is one of the leading providers of specialist cancer and blood and transplantation services within the UK, bringing together expert staff, high quality care and donor and transplantation services, together with excellence in research, development and innovation.

The Trust has evolved significantly since its establishment in 1994 and is operationally responsible a number of services.  

Velindre Cancer Centre is a specialist treatment, teaching, research and development centre for nonsurgical tertiary oncology services for patients across south-east Wales. Our ambition, in terms of service delivery, is described in our recently published cancer strategy, Velindre Cancer Centre – Shaping our Future Together. 

Specialist teams provide care using a well-established network multi-disciplinary team (MDT) model of service for oncology and palliative care. We work closely with local partners in ensuring services are offered at appropriate locations, in line with best practice standards of care. All services are provided at Velindre Cancer Centre with an increasing number of services delivered on an outreach basis within local health board locations around south-east Wales. 

We have developed a strong reputation within Wales and beyond.  Over the years the ‘Velindre brand’ has become synonymous with ‘excellence’.  

The Welsh Blood Service is immensely proud of the vital role it plays in modern, prudent healthcare, striving to save and transform lives through the generosity of donors. We provide a range of essential multifaceted, highly specialised services for NHS Wales, ensuring that it has access to blood and blood components to treat patients and support the transplant programmes through the Welsh Transplantation and Immunogenetics Laboratory. 

Role description

Ability to apply legal knowledge and skills in a strategic board environment;

Ability to offer advice to the Board on a range of issues, which could include corporate, employment and contract law;

Ability to provide advice to the Board on corporate governance including professional regulation;

Ability to oversee the quality of documentation; and

Ability to apply legal expertise to assimilate and interpret complex and unfamiliar information.

An awareness of the National Health Service (Concerns, Complaints and Redress Arrangements) (Wales) Regulations 2011, Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and Welsh Government’s: ‘A Healthier Wales: our Plan for Health and Social

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 simple work-related conversations

Person specification

An understanding of health issues and priorities in the Trust’s area and  the ability to understand the role and work of the Board;

Ability to hold the executives to account for performance whilst maintaining a constructive relationship;

Ability to provide a knowledgeable, impartial and balanced perspective on a range of sensitive and complex issues;

A broad understanding of the information governance requirements required to comply with legislation e.g. Data Protection Act (DPA);

an awareness and understanding of equality and diversity issues, particularly as they relate to the health sector;

Interview dates

7 October 2019
11 October 2019

Closing date

23/08/2019, 16:00

Additional information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Public Appointments Team Email:

For further information or to arrange an informal discussion about the role of the Independent Member please contact Professor Donna Mead OBE, Chair of Velindre University NHS Trust on Tel: 029 20196161 or Email OR Georgina Galletly, Director of Corporate Governance Georgina Galletly (Velindre - Trust Governance) on Tel: 029 2031 6972 / Email

For further information about the Velindre NHS Trust, you may wish to visit the Trust’s web site:

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Corporate Shared Service Centre Helpdesk on 029 2082 5454 or 

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How to apply

To make an application, please visit the Welsh Government Public Appointments website here

To apply for this role, click on the Velindre University NHS Trust vacancy and click on ‘Apply’ at the bottom left hand corner. 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.

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This vacancy is closed to applications.