Vacancy -- Public Health Wales NHS Trust: Appointment of Non-executive Director (Public Health)

Vacancy details

Public Health Wales NHS Trust
£9360 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.

The role of the board 

The key roles that the Board discharges within the organisation are:  

  • formulating strategy and setting the direction of the organisation
  • ensuring accountability by holding the Executive to account for the delivery of the strategy and through seeking assurance that the systems of control are robust and reliable
  • setting the risk appetite for the organisation, determining the key strategic risks and overseeing the management and mitigation of those risks
  • shaping a healthy tone and culture for the Board and the organisation.


Role description

This is an exciting time for Public health Wales as we embark on a new Long Term Strategy and is a great opportunity to use your skills and experience to make a contribution to our vision ‘Working to achieve a healthier future for Wales’.

Role and responsibilities

Non-executive Directors will among other things:

  • Discharge effective governance of the organisation, in all its integrated forms. You will take an active part in discussions, providing your opinion and challenge, and support to the Board on key issues.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of a healthy culture across the organisation’s functions and services. 
  • 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. 
  • Contribute to and accept corporate decisions to ensure a joined up, robust and transparent decision-making process by the Board.
  • Be expected, in time, to fully understand the business through active involvement to enable the effective performance of the organisation.
  • Work closely with other public, private and voluntary organisations ensuring that the views of patients, carers and families are fully involved in helping to shape, develop and improve services.
  • Analyse and critically review complex information and contribute to sound decision-making.
  • Oversee the effective stewardship of resources, ensuring openness and accountability in the allocation and utilisation of resources.

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.

Person specification

You will most likely be working in, or will have held, a senior level population health related national leadership role with substantial experience in having led large scale improvements in health and well-being. Your understanding and appreciation of the population health related issues, and policy environment, in Wales will be essential to your ability to fulfil this role.

Role specific criteria:

  • Significant experience in successfully working in a senior, national population health leadership role.
  • Proven experience in a large scale improvement in health and well-being.
  • Ability to apply your knowledge and understanding of population health matters in a national, strategic Board environment.

Desirable criteria

  • You will have ideally served in a non-executive or trustee role.

In addition to the role specific criteria above, we will be looking for talented individuals who are passionate about the work that we do, and who can demonstrate: 

  • independence from the organisation and ability to contribute objectively and constructively to the Board and its work;
  • appreciation and broad understanding of public and population health issues in Wales along with a genuine desire to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Wales;
  • ability to work with the Executive Directors and other Board members, as a unitary Board, to ensure effective Board level leadership. Where necessary you will demonstrate skills that will enable you to hold the Executives to account, with appropriate challenge and support, for performance whilst maintaining a constructive relationship;
  • ability to contribute to the governance and legal compliance requirements of the organisation, ensuring it is open and honest in its work;
  • ability and experience in analysing complex information and contributing to sound evidence-based informed decision-making;
  • ability to provide a knowledgeable, impartial and balanced perspective on a range of sensitive and complex issues;
  • appreciation of the requirements of the Well-being and Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the influence that this must have on ensuring a “Healthier Future for Wales” for the population of Wales and future generations;
  • ability to act as an effective ambassador for the organisation and work with and influence stakeholders in a strategic manner;
  • ability to commit the required time and energy to serve as an effective Board member.

Interview dates

2 April 2020
3 April 2020

Closing date

13/02/2020, 16:00

Additional information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:


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



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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.