Appointment of Independent Board Member - Trade Union

Body: Cwm Taf University Health Board
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: Board meetings held monthly normally at various locations across the UHB. The UHB also has various committees, the meetings which meet either monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: As the Independent Member - Trade Union will be an employee of Cwm Taf Health Board they will receive no additional remuneration for undertaking the Independent Member role. Reasonable expenses will be paid.
Time Requirements: 4 days per month


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services has agreed to appoint Dilys Jouvenat as Independent Member (Third Sector) and Nicola Milligan as Independent Member (Trade Union) for four and two years respectively.

Date: 21/08/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    21/08/2018 at 17:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

This is a great opportunity to use your skills and experience to make a difference to the lives of the people served by Cwm Taf University Health Board.

Role and responsibilities

Independent Members will among other things:

Play a full and active role in the governance of the Health Board, both clinical and corporate.  You will take an active part in discussions, providing your opinion and challenge and support to the Board on key issues;
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 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 and  make sure 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;
Ability to contribute to the ‘governance and finance’ of the Health Board, ensuring it is open and honest in its work by contributing fully in the decision making process.

Person Specification

Independent Members will demonstrate the following qualities:

Knowledge & Experience

An understanding of health issues and priorities in the Cwm Taf University Health Board area and  the ability to understand the role and work of the Board
Ability to hold the executives to account for performance whilst maintaining a constructive relationship;
Ability to provide a knowledgeable, impartial and balanced perspective on a range of sensitive and complex issues;
A broad understanding of the information governance requirements required to comply with legislation e.g. Data Protection Act (DPA);

Personal Attributes & Skills 

The Health Board has defined a set of shared core values and behaviours – what the organisation stands for.  You will need to be able to demonstrate the following:

Good communication skills and the ability to engage with employees and employee representatives at all levels within the Health Board;
Ability to work as part of a team and in partnership with other key organisations;
Ability to involve and work with stakeholders to help shape, develop and improve services; and
Ability to analyse and critically review complex information

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 Role Specific Criteria

Independent Member – Trade Union

You must be a member of a recognised trade union in relation to employment matters and a current employee of Cwm Taf University Health Board.

You will be able to demonstrate;
A knowledge and understanding of trade union matters in the area served by Cwm Taf University Health Board.
Ability to apply your knowledge and understanding of trade union matters in a strategic board environment.

Additional Information

Cwm Taf University Health Board is responsible for providing healthcare services to the population of Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taff, estimated to be around 289,400 people. They provide a full range of hospital and community-based services employing approximately 7,000 members of staff making them the second largest employer in the area. Their services also extend to people living in the neighbouring areas of the Upper Rhymney Valley, South Powys, North Cardiff and the Western Vale. In addition, some specialist services are provided to the wider catchment area of South Wales.

The role of the Board

The three key roles through which effective the board of the Cwm Taf University Health Board demonstrates leadership within its organisation are:-

Formulating strategy.
Ensuring accountability by holding the organisation to account for the delivery of the strategy and through seeking assurance that systems of control are robust and reliable
Shaping a positive culture for the Board and the organisation.

The role of the Board member focuses on four key areas:

Strategy– to contribute to strategic development and decision-making.
Performance– to ensure that effective management arrangements and an effective team are in place at the top level of the organisation. To help clarify which decisions are reserved for the Board and then ensure that the rest are clearly delegated and to hold management to account for its performance in meeting agreed goals and objectives through purposeful challenge and scrutiny, and to monitor the reporting of performance.
Risk– to ensure that financial information is accurate and that financial controls and systems of risk management and assurance are robust and defensible.
Behaviour – to live up to the highest ethical standards of integrity and probity and comply fully with the Code of Conduct. Board members should demonstrate through their behaviour that they are focusing on their responsibilities to citizens, the organisations and its stakeholders.

Tenure of office
The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services will determine the length of the appointment, which will initially be up to four (4) years. However, this is subject to the Independent Member remaining eligible for the role for the duration of the term. Board members may stand for a maximum of eight (8) years.

You will be entitled to be reimbursed, if appropriate, against receipts for travel and subsistence expenses incurred while on Health Board business.  Expenses must be claimed within three months of them being incurred unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Childcare and other dependent expenses may also be paid, on production of receipts, for additional costs incurred while undertaking Health Board work.

Members are appointed by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services and are accountable to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services, via the Chair, for carrying out their duties and for their performance.

Assistance for Disabled Members
Where appropriate all reasonable adjustments will be made to enable members to effectively carry out their duties.


A person shall be disqualified from appointment if he/she:

a.         has within the preceding 5 years been convicted in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man of any offence and has had passed on him/her a sentence of imprisonment (whether
suspended or not) for a period of not less than 3 months;

b.         has been adjudged bankrupt or has made a composition or arrangement with his creditors;

c.         has been dismissed, otherwise than by reason of redundancy, or non-renewal of a fixed term contract, from any paid employment with a health service body;

d.         is a person whose tenure of office as the chairman, member or director of a health service body has been terminated because his/her appointment is not in the interests of the health
service, for non-attendance at meetings or for non-disclosure of pecuniary interest;

e.         is an employee of a health service body (with the exception of Trade Union applicants).

Subject to the exception noted in (e), it is the policy of the Welsh Government that all recent employees of LHBs and NHS Trusts should serve a non-involvement break before being considered for an NHS Public Appointment.

Any other information that may materially affect your application for appointment should be declared in the application form under the Conflict of Interests section.

Applicants should be persons who conduct themselves at all times in a manner which will maintain public confidence.

In particular, applicants are required to declare whether they are aware of anything in their private or professional life that would be an embarrassment to themselves or to the Welsh Government if it became known in the event of appointment.

Candidates should also note that membership of a LHB is a disqualifying office for membership of the National Assembly for Wales under the National Assembly for Wales (Disqualification) Order 2015.

Conflict of Interests
You should particularly note the requirement for you to declare any private interests which may, or may be perceived to, conflict with the role and responsibilities as an Independent Member of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board including any business interests and positions of authority outside of the role in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

If appointed, Independent Members must declare these interests and seek confirmation from the Chair of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board that no conflict has arisen and if it is appropriate for them to remain a board member.

Standards in public life
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, you can access this document at

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

The Corporate Shared Service Centre
Tel: 03000 255454

For further information regarding the role of the Independent Member, please contact:

Marcus Longley

Chair of Cwm Taf University Health Board





Robert Williams

Board Secretary



For further information about Cwm Taf 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 on Welsh Government’s online application system. 

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 Corporate Shared Service Centre Helpdesk on 03000 255454 or

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