Appointment of Chair - Betsi Cadwaladwr University Health Board

Body: Betsi Cadwaladwr University Health Board
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: Unless otherwise agreed by the Trust’s Remuneration Committee, the designated place of work will be the Chairman’s normal place of residence.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The remuneration for the role of Chair of the Health Board is a fixed sum of £69,840 per annum. You also will be entitled, on production of supporting receipts, to the re-imbursement of travel and subsistence expenses incurred whilst on Local 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 Trust work.
Time Requirements: The role is based on a notional commitment of a minimum of fifteen (15) days per month. However, this will be subject to organisational demands and is often higher than the minimum requirement

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

The Role of the Chair

Role description

The Chair will be accountable to the Cabinet Secretary 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 throughout Wales.

The Chair of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board will:-

  • Develop a Strategic Vision for the Board’s services of the future, identifying and realising the inherent potential and skills within the organisation to develop an innovative and world leading service;
  • Provide strong, effective and visible leadership across the breadth of the Board’s responsibilities, internally through the Board and externally through his/her connections with a wide range of stakeholders and partners at community, local authority, Local Health Board and national levels;
  • Ensure the Board delivers effectively together the strategic and operational aims of the Trust through delivery of strategic aims, policy and governance;
  • Be responsible for maintaining the highest quality of public health standards and practices, and improving quality and safety of healthcare;  
  • Be accountable for the performance of the Board at community, local authority, Board and national levels through the agreement of a three year integrated medium term plan (IMTP) and an annual delivery plan and the annual evaluation of achievements against the plan in public by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services;  
  • Hold the Chief Executive to account across the breadth of his/her responsibilities;  
  • Work effectively with partners, in particular with other Local Health Boards, Local Authorities, the Third Sector and Social Partners, and also with primary care contractors, to ensure the planning and delivery of safe, effective services;  
  • Provide the assurance and governance for the proper stewardship of public money and other resources for which the Board is accountable;  
  • Provide the assurance for ensuring that the Board is governed effectively within the framework and standards set for the NHS in Wales;
  • Undertake an external ambassador role, delivering in the public spotlight and instilling public confidence.



Person Specification

The Chair will demonstrate the following qualities:-

Knowledge and Experience

  • Ability to develop the strategic vision for the future;
  • Ability to provide systems leadership and to work with Health Boards, Welsh Government, community groups, patients and other stakeholders to develop and drive forward that strategic vision;
  • An understanding of health issues and priorities in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board 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 governance issues and how governance applies to the corporate, clinical and information management. 

Personal Attributes and Skills

  • Ability to lead and inspire staff, to look ahead and identify key issues for the Board;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with personal impact and credibility to be an effective advocate and ambassador with strong influencing and negotiating skills;
  • Drive and determination, with the ability to instil vision and develop defined strategies to pursue long and short-term goals;
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to be clear and succinct, and to be able to engage with people at all levels;
  • Ability to facilitate, understanding of complex issues while demonstrating respect for the views of others;
  • Ability to ensure a board works together effectively through their active involvement in a robust and transparent decision making process;
  • Ability to motivate and develop the board to define roles and responsibilities to ensure ownership and accountability;
  • Sound judgement, sensitivity and political awareness;
  • Capacity to be independent and resilient.The Chair must also demonstrate:- A clear understanding and commitment to equality. Welsh Language;
  • Welsh language skills are desirable but not a pre-requisite for appointment. However all candidates will be expected to display an empathy towards the language and demonstrate leadership to strengthen bilingual service provision within the NHS in Wales. 

Additional Information

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


The Chair is appointed by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services and is accountable to the Cabinet Secretary for carrying out their duties and for their performance.

Assistance for Disabled Members

Where appropriate, all reasonable adjustments will be made to enable the Chair to effectively carry out his/her duties.


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

  1. 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;
  2. has been adjudged bankrupt or has made a composition or arrangement with his creditors;
  3.  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;
  4. 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;
  5. is an employee of a health service body.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.

Conflicts of Interest

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 Chair 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, you must declare these interests. These may be explored at interview more fully.  Any conflicts will be brought to the attention of the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services when he is provided with a list of appointable candidates from which to make his selection.

Standards in public life

The Chair will be expected to adhere to the standards of good governance set for the NHS in Wales, which are based on the Welsh Government’s Citizen Centred Governance Principles and incorporate Nolan’s “Seven Principles of Public Life”.

Diversity Statement

The Welsh Government believes that public bodies should have board members who reflect Welsh society – people from all walks of life – to help them understand people’s needs and make better decisions. This is why the Welsh Government is encouraging a wide.

Applications are particularly welcome from all under-represented groups including women, people under 30 years of age, black, Asian and minority ethnic people, disabled people, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.


Guaranteed Interview Scheme – Positive about Disability

The Welsh Government operates a Positive about Disabled People scheme and welcomes applications from people with disabilities. The scheme guarantees an interview to disabled people if they meet the minimum criteria for the post.  The application form also enables you to detail any specific needs or equipment that you may need if invited to attend an interview.


For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

The Corporate Shared Service Centre

Tel: 03000255454



For further information or to arrange an informal discussion about the role of the Chair please contact:


Dr Andrew Goodall, NHS Wales Chief Executive.

Tel: 029 2080 1182 (Dr Goodall)



For further information about the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, you may wish to visit the Board’s web site:


If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Corporate Shared Service Centre Helpdesk on 029 2082 5454 or


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