Vacancy -- Vice-Chair - Swansea Bay Local University Health Board

Vacancy details

Swansea Bay Local University Health Board
Unless otherwise agreed by the Health Board’s Remuneration Committee, the designated place of work will be the Health Board’s Headquarters in Port Talbot, although it would be expected that the post holder would seek to be visible across the organisation
The post of Independent Member will be paid at £56,316 per annum paid monthly or quarterly in arrears as agreed with the Health Board.   

Function of body

Swansea Bay University Health Board (formerly ABMU) was created on April 1, 2019 after responsibility for providing healthcare services in the Bridgend County Borough Council area passed from ABMU to the new Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board.  

Swansea Bay University Health Board covers a population of around 390,000 people, has an annual budget of over £1 billion and employs around 12,500 staff, 70% of whom are involved in direct patient care. We provide integrated care for patients and delivers tertiary, acute, intermediate, mental health, community and primary care services to people in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.  

Role description

The Vice-Chair will:-

  • Play a full and active role in the governance of the Health Board, both clinical and corporate. They are expected to bring to the Board an independent judgement on issues of performance, key appointments, looking ahead and accountability; 
  • Contribute to the work of the Board based upon their independence, their past experience and knowledge, and their ability to stand back from the day to day operational management;  
  • Contribute 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 Health Board;
  • Work closely with other public, private and voluntary organisations and will make sure that the views of patients, carers and families are fully involved in helping to shape, develop and improve services;
  • Support the Chair, and be able to deputise in her absence.

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

Knowledge & Experience

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

  • Experience of contributing effectively at Board level and in supporting the development of a unitary board;

  • Experience of chairing committees, ensuring robust scrutiny whilst maintaining a clear agenda and sense of purpose;

  • Experience of overseeing effective delivery of service priorities and an understanding of when and how to require more detail without losing the perspective of an independent (non executive) member;

  • 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 Health Board, ensuring it is open and honest in its work by contributing fully in the decision making process;

  • Experience of working within communities and multi-disciplinary teams and with key local government stakeholders.

  • A commitment to advancing equality and diversity and the ability to demonstrate and champion inclusive leadership.

Interview dates

7 December 2020
11 December 2020

Closing date

23/10/2020, 16:00

Additional information


For further information regarding the selection process, please contact the Corporate Shared Service Centre Tel: 03000 255454 email:


For further information regarding the role of the Independent Member, please contact Emma Woollett, Chair of Swansea Bay Local University Health Board. Tel: (01639) 683379 Email:


For further information about Swansea Bay Local University Health Board, you may wish to visit the Health Board’s internet web site:


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.

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This vacancy is closed to applications.