Appointment of Vice Chair - Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Body: Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: Board meetings are 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: £56,316 per annum
Time Requirements: 13 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Function of body

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is the largest health organisation in Wales, providing a full range of primary, community, mental health and acute hospital services for a population of around 678,000 people across the six counties of North Wales (Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, and Wrexham).

The Health Board has a budget of £1.3 billion and a workforce of approximately 16,500.

The Health Board has three main hospitals (Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan and Wrexham Maelor Hospital) along with a network of community hospitals, health centres, clinics, mental health units and community team bases. The Health Board also coordinates the work of 109 GP practices and NHS services provided by dentists, opticians and pharmacists in North Wales.

Their Purpose

  • To improve health and deliver excellent care.


Their Vision

  • To improve the health of the population, with a particular focus upon the most vulnerable in our society.
  • To develop an integrated health service which provides excellent care delivered in partnership with the public and other statutory and third sector organisations.
  • To develop its workforce so that it has the right skills and operates in a research – rich learning culture.


Their Strategic Goals

  • To improve health and well-being for all and to reduce health inequalities.
  • To work in partnership to design and deliver more care closer to home.
  • To improve the safety and outcomes of care to match NHS best.
  • To respect individuals and to maintain dignity in care.
  • To listen and to learn from the experience of individuals.
  • To support, train and develop its staff to excel.
  • To use resources wisely, transforming services through innovation and research. 

Role description

The three key roles through which the board of the Betsi Cadwaladr  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 arrangement 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


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;
  • The ability to contribute effectively at Board level;
  • Experience of understanding the relationship between resource allocation and management and delivery of service priorities within a framework of robust governance;
  • 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.


Personal Attributes & Skills

You will need to be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to lead and inspire staff, to look ahead and identify key issues for the organisation;
  • 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;
  • Sound judgement, sensitivity and political awareness;
  • Capacity to be independent and resilient; and
  • Ability to discharge the Vice-Chair role in the context of the broader statutory and corporate responsibilities of the Board and the roles of the Chair and Chief Executive.


Candidates must also demonstrate:-

  • A clear understanding and commitment to equality and diversity.
  • A clear understanding and commitment to Nolan’s ‘Seven Principles of Public Life’


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.


Additional Information

Time commitment

The post of Vice Chair to Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is based on a notional commitment of a minimum 13 days per month but this will be subject to organisational demands and is often higher than the minimum requirement.



The post of Vice Chair will be paid at £56,316 per annum paid monthly or quarterly in arrears as agreed with the Health Board.



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.


Tenure of office

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



Vice-chairs are appointed by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport and are accountable to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport 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 a health service employee;

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 the Vice 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, Vice Chairs 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

Vice Chairs 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 and diverse range of individuals to apply for appointments to public bodies.

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

The Welsh Government operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for disabled people. The Equality Act 2010 defines a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities. Under the GIS a disabled candidate will be selected for interview if they meet the minimum essential criteria for the post.



For further information regarding the selection process, or if you need assistance applying for this role then please contact the Public Appointments Unit on


For further information regarding the role of the Vice Chair, please contact Dr Peter Higson, Chair of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. Tel: 01248 384290. Email:


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


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