Vacancy -- Chair - Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Vacancy details

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Ynysmeurig House, Navigation Park, Abercynon, CF45 4SN. It will also be necessary for the post holder to attend CTMUHB sites and attend Health Board, regional and national meetings. Whilst we are returning to face to face meetings, some still continue to be held virtually as appropriate. There will also be the opportunity for some remote working.
£69,840 pa plus travel and other reasonable expenses

Function of body

All CTMUHB’s Board members share corporate responsibility for formulating strategy, overseeing accountability, monitoring performance and shaping culture, together with ensuring that the Board operates as effectively as possible.
The Board, which comprises of the Chair, Vice Chair, nine Independent Members, (up to) three Associate Members, the Chief Executive and eight Executive Directors provide leadership and direction, ensuring that sound governance arrangements are in place.  We are looking for an individual who understands the needs of the Health Board’s population and the importance of ensuring diversity, inclusion and the promotion of the Welsh Language. The Chair will be required to provide strong leadership of the Board and uphold the values of NHS Wales. This is particularly important due to the organisation’s status under the NHS Wales Escalation and Intervention Arrangements. Whilst good progress has been made since April 2019 there is still more to do under the leadership of the Chair and Chief Executive.

Role description

The CTMUHB Board plays a key role in shaping the strategy, vision, purpose and culture of a Health Board. It holds the Health Board to account for service delivery, performance, delivery of strategy and value for money. It is also responsible for ensuring that risks to the Health Board, staff and the public are managed and mitigated effectively.  Led by an independent Chair and comprised of a mixture of both Executive and Independent Members, the Board has a collective responsibility for the performance of the Health Board.  The Chair will be accountable to the Minister for Health and Social Services for the performance of the Board and its effective governance, upholding the values of the NHS, and promoting the confidence of the public and partners.


  • Lead the development of a strategic vision for CTMUHB, identifying and realising the inherent potential and skills within the organisation to develop an innovative and world leading service;
  • Provide independent judgement and advice on issues of quality, strategy, vision, performance, resources, and standards of conduct;
  • Constructively challenge, influence and support the Executive Directors to develop proposals on such strategies;
  • Support fellow Board members in providing leadership within a framework of prudent and effective controls to ensure the long term sustainability of the organisation;


  • Be accountable for the performance of the Board at community, regional and national levels through the agreement and delivery of a three year medium term plan and an annual delivery plan.
  • Ensure the Board provides effective scrutiny of the three year medium term plan, ensuring that it establishes clear objectives to deliver the strategy; encompasses the necessary quality, workforce, operational and financial resources for the organisation to meet its objectives; and regularly reviews performance against the plan.


  • Receive, review and apply appropriate scrutiny to quality, performance, workforce and financial data and information to compare achievements against targets and, where necessary, support the implementation of remedial action.
  • Seek out challenging objectives for the Chief Executive and the Board for improving;
  • Ensure effective control arrangements are in place to secure the financial viability of the Health Board.


  • Hold the Chief Executive to account across the breadth of their responsibilities.
  • Provide strong, effective and visible leadership and communication across the breadth of the Health Board’s responsibilities, internally through the Health Board and externally through their connections with a wide range of stakeholders and partners within and outside of the NHS at a national, community, and local authority level.
  • Ensure the Health Board’s commitment to the highest standards of governance, such that it acts in the interests of the population and partners it serves and is seen to be accountable for the services provided and the resources used;
  • Ensure the provision of accurate, timely and clear information to the Board and directors to meet statutory requirements;
  • Ensure that internal controls and systems of risk management are robust and well governed;
  • Analyse and interpret information provided to the Board, seeking clarification, further assurances, and triangulation of information wherever possible;
  • Ensure the Health Board complies with its Standing Orders, policies, and relevant legislation and regulations;

Culture and Behaviour

  • Demonstrate the Seven Principles of Public Life (also known as the Nolan Principles) of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership and ensure the principles are upheld by all Board members;
  • Ensure the Health Board demonstrates an appreciation of bilingualism and culture, and a commitment to promoting, embracing, and mainstreaming the Welsh language;
  • Instil a culture that encourages staff, patients, families, and the public to raise concerns that are then appropriately addressed;
  • Ensure the Health Board embraces and promotes equality, diversity, and inclusion for all its population, patients, staff, and stakeholders;
  • Ensure the highest standards of probity, integrity, and governance, and that the Health Board’s governance arrangements comply with best practice and statutory requirements;
  • Provide visible compassionate leadership in supporting and promoting a healthy culture for the Health Board and reflect this, and the values of the Health Board, in their own behaviour;
  • Bring past experience, knowledge and influence to the work of the Board to promote innovation, curiosity, and to challenge norms;


  • Build and maintain close relations between the Health Board’s partners and stakeholder groups to promote the effective operation of the health body’s activities;
  • Provide leadership to support and encourage effective working with partners, in particular with Health Boards, NHS Trusts, Special Health Authorities, local authorities, the third sector and social care partners, to ensure the planning and delivery of safe, effective services;
  • Attend Welsh Government, health body peer groups and other stakeholder meetings where required;
  • Undertake an external ambassador role, delivering in the public spotlight and instilling public confidence;
  • Be expected, with support, to understand the business of the Health Board through active involvement;

Board Activities

  • Plan Board meetings with the Chief Executive and Board Secretary.
  • Facilitate the effective contribution of Board Members and ensure constructive relations within the organisation and between Executive Directors and Independent Members.
  • Chair the Health Board’s board meetings and lead development sessions and other meetings of members as appropriate;
  • Participate fully in the work of the Board and Committees, including pre- and post- meeting engagement and annual evaluations to support good governance;
  • In conjunction with the other Board Members, discharge their duties as Chair of the Health Board’s Charitable Fund, of which the Board acts as the corporate trustee.
  • Undergo an annual personal performance appraisal, participating in any additional training and development highlighted as a result of the evaluation process to ensure personal objectives are delivered

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 simple work-related correspondence
Can understand basic conversations about everyday topics
Can hold simple work-related conversations

Person specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

Essential Criteria

Knowledge and Experience

  • A track record of strategic, board level experience in a public, private or third sector organisation;
  • Ability to instil vision and lead the development of defined strategies in the pursuit of achieving long, medium and short-term goals;
  • Ability to demonstrate a commitment to engaging with people who use public services;
  • An understanding of, and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion;
  • Ability to show an appreciation of bilingualism and culture, and a commitment to promoting and mainstreaming of the Welsh language.
  • Ability to understand and facilitate the understanding of complex issues
  • Evident ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team to meet common goals;
  • Ability to provide, and encourage others to provide, independent challenge and scrutiny whilst maintaining constructive relationships;
  • Ability to motivate and develop the board to define roles and responsibilities, ensuring ownership and accountability;
  • Evidence of an understanding of effective governance

Personal Attributes

  • Commitment to the Seven Principles of Public Life (Nolan Principles) and the values of the health body;
  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills and ability to act as an effective advocate and ambassador;
  • Astute and able to grasp relevant issues and understand the relationships between interested parties demonstrating sound judgement, sensitivity and political awareness;
  • Capacity to be independent and resilient;

Desirable Criteria

  • Demonstrable leadership and strategic change management experience including culture change;
  • An understanding of risk management and systems of internal control and assurance; and
  • Welsh language skills

Welsh Language Skills are desirable, however, all candidates will be expected to show commitment towards the language and culture, and demonstrate leadership to strengthen and promote bilingual service provision within the NHS in Wales (see above Essential Knowledge and Experience). Where a candidate wishes to demonstrate they meet the desirable criteria they should provide an indication of their skills against the following level of skill: Standards in public life

Understanding - Can understand some work-related conversations
Reading - Can read some basic words and phrases with understanding
Speaking - Can converse in some work-related conversations
Writing - Can write some basic messages on everyday topics

You will be expected to demonstrate high standards of corporate and personal conduct.  All successful candidates will be asked to subscribe to the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies

Interview dates

30 November 2022
2 December 2022

Closing date

24/10/2022, 16:00

Additional information

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.

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