Vacancy -- Head of NHS Board Governance

Recruitment Principles

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Vacancy Details

Health and Social Services
NHS Governance
Grade 6 - £63,880 - £74,730
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Pan Wales
'Pan Wales' means that the location in which the vacancy can be based is flexible, subject to the needs of the business. Please note it may not always be possible to accommodate a preference for a specific office location, but requests will be taken into consideration.

Purpose of Post:

The aim and purpose of the post is to lead delivery on the Ministerial priorities to improve NHS Governance. This will involve reviewing and re-setting in the context of COVID-19.

Key tasks:

Lead Welsh Government oversight arrangements of governance within NHS Wales bodies including reviewing Annual Governance Statements and reviews. This will involve close engagement with Board Secretaries, internal audit and Audit Wales. 

Key point of contact and lead on professional advice to the NHS Chief Executive and Director General for Health and Social Services. 

Provide leadership and act as the Welsh Government professional link to Board Secretaries, to support the Director and NHS Chief Executive, including advising of Welsh Government policy and priorities. at the Board Secretary Network meetings. 

Lead on developing and delivery of the NHS governance plan, working across HSSG and with NHS bodies. This includes leading on engagement with NHS Chairs and Chief Executives. 

Lead on governance needs in responding and recovery to COVID-19 including putting in place governance measures to aid the response and recovery. 

Lead and develop advice on governance implications for delivering actions/ re-setting priorities to deliver A Healthier Wales including development of the NHS Executive. 

Support work to develop Board governance in individual NHS bodies especially those under special measures/ targeted intervention arrangements. This to include, if required, commissioning board development programmes. 

Lead on the work to further develop induction and L&D for independent members of the Board.

Development opportunities:

This post provides an opportunity for an individual to work and influence NHS Governance arrangements and developments in Wales. It will involve working closely with partners and stakeholders to deliver on priorities and continuous improvements.

Closing Date:

18/06/2021, 16:00

Disability Confident

Welsh Government accepts the social definition of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new staff) can perform at their best. The Equality Act 2010 uses the medical definition of disability (“a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term impact on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities”).

We guarantee to interview anyone who is disabled whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence for the role and any qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

If you have an impairment or health condition, or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will support you if you were to be successful, please email as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Not necessary to undertake the duties of this post

Social Partnership

In Welsh Government, the relationship between the employer and trade unions is based on social partnership. We believe our goals can best be achieved by management and trade unions working together.

Our 3 recognised trade unions are:
•         PCS
•         Prospect
•         FDA

This relationship is underpinned by a partnership agreement. This sets out how our unions work with Welsh Government on issues such as:
•         pay
•         terms and conditions
•         policies and procedures
•         organisational change.

Our Welsh Government trade union colleagues work together to give their members a real say in the workplace. They make sure that the interests of their members are promoted and protected. They also help reduce inequalities and improve terms and conditions.

The Welsh Government has an excellent track record of working in partnership with its trade unions. We encourage staff to get involved. We support you to join a recognised trade union, to ensure your voice is heard in the workplace. and to learn more about trade unions and partnership working.

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria


Changing and Improving:

Spot warning signs of things going wrong and provide a decisive response to significant delivery challenges 

Making Effective Decisions:

Identify the main issues in complex problems, clarify understanding or stakeholder expectations, to seek best option 

Leading and Communicating:

Clarify strategies and plans, communicate purpose and direction with clarity and enthusiasm 

Delivering at Pace:

Maintain effective performance in difficult and challenging circumstances, encouraging others to do the same


1. Understanding of the broader strategic and policy context for delivery of health services in Wales including the statutory and regulatory framework

2. A clear understanding of the Welsh Government’s standards of good governance for the public sector in Wales

3. Significant experience of developing governance and assurance arrangements at an organisational level

Assessment Process

Applications will be sifted by a panel and successful candidates will be invited to a an interview where they will be asked to do a presentation and asked a set of questions.

Other Information

Sioned Rees -

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have an impairment which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to an impairment in order to submit your application.

To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system.  Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account.  Registration takes just a few minutes to complete.  You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register.  Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.  

If you’d like to apply for this vacancy 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.

For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link).

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)

This vacancy is closed to applications.