Vacancy -- Life Sciences Hub Wales Ltd Appointment of Non-Executive Director (NED) (with experience of finance, audit and risk)

Vacancy details

Life Sciences Hub Wales Ltd
Meetings will typically be held in Cardiff at the Life Sciences Hub, 3 Assembly Square, Cardiff Bay, but there may be occasions when meetings will be held at other locations. Meetings are currently held remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Members will receive £282 per day (up to a maximum of £15,000 p.a.) (Pro rata).                                                 

Travel and subsistence costs will be paid in line with recognised limits.


Function of body

The LSHW has been established by Welsh Government and is one of the delivery elements of the Welsh Government’s vision for Life Sciences in Wales, which aims to deliver ambitious growth in the sector, to ensure ongoing development of the in Wales to deliver significant economic impact.  The LSHW drives transformational, systematic change in the health and social care sectors to create a better future for the people of Wales. Our role, through the lens of joint stakeholder working and portfolio integration as outlined in Prosperity for All and A Healthier Wales, is to inspire innovation and collaboration between industry, health and social care, and research organisations to make a positive difference to people and families across the nation.  As a catalyst for change, we work with NHS Wales to understand issues and identify how innovation can help deliver better care. We support businesses to create health and social care solutions. We create connections which enable people and organisations to work in partnership.  Our mission is to accelerate the development and adoption of innovate solutions for better health and wellbeing. Our vision is to make Wales the place of choice for health, care and wellbeing innovation. The Board of LSHW sets the strategic vision for this young and innovative organisation which is uniquely placed to support a faster development and take up of innovative products across Health and Social care in Wales.The LSHW has been established as an independent arms-length subsidiary company of the Welsh Government.  

Board’s Role

The Board of the Hub will comprise a Chair and up to 9 Board Members. Tasked to ensure that effective management arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, governance and internal control.






Role description

  • provide effective leadership; defining and developing strategic direction and setting challenging objectives;
  • promote high standards of public finance, upholding the principles of regularity, propriety and value for money;
  • ensure the LSHW Group’s activities are conducted efficiently and effectively
  • monitor performance to ensure the LSHW meets its aims, objectives and performance targets;
  • ensure strategies are developed for meeting the LSHW’s objectives in accordance with the policies and priorities established by the LSHW in conjunction with the Welsh Ministers and other relevant stakeholders, for example employees, customers and funding providers;
  • ensure that Ministers are kept fully informed of any changes likely to impact on the strategic direction of the LSHW or on the attainability of its targets, and of steps needed to deal with such changes;
  • ensure the LSHW banking arrangements are adequate for its purposes;
  • ensure effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, including information security, governance, internal audit, external audit and internal control in accordance with applicable statutory and regulatory requirements and, where relevant, Codes of Practice or guidance applicable to the financial services sector. 

Board Members will:

  • demonstrate and promote the Seven (Nolan) Principles of Public Life.
  • take an active part in discussions, providing your advice, opinion and challenge, and support to the Board on key issues.
  • support the CEO in the appointment of senior staff and the mentoring of existing staff.
  • contribute to the development and maintenance of a healthy culture across the organisation.
  • contribute to the work of the Board based upon your independence, your past experience and knowledge, and your ability to stand back from the day to day operational management.
  • fully understand the business through active involvement, establishing effective mechanisms for maximising economic opportunities from the life sciences sector to support health and social care in Wales.
  • analyse and critically review complex information and contribute to sound decision-making, strategy development and guide the operational plan of the business.
  • oversee the effective stewardship of resources, ensuring openness and accountability in the allocation and utilisation of resources
  • discharge effective governance of the organisation, in all its integrated forms.
  • foster close working relationships with experts and organisations within the sector at national and international level and act as an advocate for LSHW.
  • serve on any sub-committees of the Board, such as the Audit, Risk Assurance sub-committee (ARAC) or the
  • Human Resource and Renumeration sub-committee (HRRC) and keep abreast of any matters arising.

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 parts of a basic conversation
Can hold a basic conversation in Welsh

Person specification

Essential Criteria 

  • Experience of holding a senior finance practitioner role with board level experience of audit and risk management.
  • Relevant financial qualification.
  • Experience of audit, governance and compliance at board level.
  • Experienced member of a committee or sub-committee.
  • Ability to contribute to discussions, offer challenge and engage in the decision-making process.
  • An understanding of the obligations involved when serving on a board and the credibility to do so.
  • Ability to credibly represent a wide range of perspectives for example by having a strong network already in place or the ability to develop and maintain a credible and effective network.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A demonstrable interest in, knowledge and understanding of the sector including the challenges and opportunities available.

Desirable Criteria 

  • Experienced chair of a committee or sub-committee.
  • An interest in new models of health, social care and wellness.
  • Experience of working across the public and private sectors.

Interview dates

9 November 2020
13 November 2020

Closing date

15/10/2020, 16:00

Additional information

To make an application please visit the Welsh Government’s public appointment website.

To apply for this role, click on the 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. Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form. To apply you will need to upload a personal statement and CV to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

Personal Statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria set out in the person specification below. How you choose to present the information is up to you. However, you should aim to provide detailed examples that demonstrate how your knowledge and experience matches each of the criteria, and which describe what your role was in achieving a specific result. It will also benefit the selection panel if you can be clear which particular evidence you provide relates to which criteria. Providing separate paragraphs in relation to each criterion is common practice. 

Please limit your personal statement to two pages. Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.


Please ensure your CV includes brief details of your current or most recent post and the dates you occupied this role. Please identify any past or present Ministerial appointments. 

Indicative timetable

Closing date:                                15 October 2020

Shortlisting:                                 w/c 19 October 2020

Interviews:                                  w/c 9 November 2020

Diversity Statement

The Welsh Government believes that public bodies should have board members who reflect Welsh society - people from all walks of life - to help them understand people's needs and make better decisions. This is why the Welsh Government is encouraging a wide and diverse range of individuals to apply for appointments to public bodies. Applications are particularly welcome from all under-represented groups including women, people under 30 years of age, black, Asian and minority ethnic people, disabled people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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.