Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board: Appointment of an Independent Member (Finance)

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: Bangor
Skills required: Business / Commercial
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £15,936 per annum
Time Requirements: 4 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    31/05/2019 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    10/07/2019 at 10:00


Assessment Panel

  • Mark Polin, OBE QPM Added 08/05/2019

    Panel Chair

    Chair of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board • Senior Independent Panel Member

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  • Sioned Rees Added 08/05/2019

    Head of Escalation and Special Measures Support, Health and Social Services, Welsh Government • Departmental Official

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  • Michael Hearty Added 08/05/2019

    Council Member, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

An Independent Member (Finance) is required for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. You will understand financial systems and Financial Management in large organisations and the role of Audit and Governance. You will have the ability to appraise and review Business Cases and will be able to apply your specialist financial knowledge in a strategic board environment.

Person Specification

Independent Members will among other things:-

  • Play a full and active role in the governance of Betsi Cadwaladr University 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 will 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


It is Essential that Independent Members will demonstrate the following qualities:-

Knowledge & Experience

  • An understanding of health issues and priorities in the Health Board’s 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 and Skills


The Health Board has defined a set of shared core values. To help demonstrate your commitment to these values, you will need to be able to demonstrate the following:-

  • The ability to “Put Patients First”.
  • The ability to work together as part of a team and in partnership with other key organisations.
  • The ability to value and respect others and a commitment to ensuring and promoting equality and diversity
  • The ability to communicate openly and honestly.

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.


Role Specific Criteria


You will need to demonstrate:-

  • Skills and knowledge of financial systems and Financial Management in large organisations ;
  • A sound understanding of the role of Audit and Governance;
  • The ability to appraise and critically review Business Cases.
  • Experience of Performance Improvement to deliver “Value for Money”.
  • The ability to apply specialist finance knowledge and skills in a strategic board environment.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Public Appointments Team Email:

For further information regarding the role of the Independent Member, please contact Mark Polin OBE QPM, 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:


If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Public Appointments Team on

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How to Apply

To make an application please visit the Welsh Government public appointment website here

To apply for this role, click on the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Independent Member (Finance) vacancy and click on ‘Apply’ at the bottom left hand corner. 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 upload a personal statement and CV to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

Personal Statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to outline how you meet the criteria specific to the role for which you are applying. It also asks you to provide answers, in terms of you evidencing your competencies and also an outcome, to the questions on pages 3 and 4 of the Information for Candidates. How you choose to present the information is up to you. However, you should aim to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the criteria specific for the role for which you are applying, evidence of your understanding of health issues and then evidence which answers the other questions listed below in terms what your role was in achieving a specific result. It will benefit the selection panel if you can be clear as to which particular evidence you provide relates to which of the questions listed below. Providing separate paragraphs to answer to each question with the title of the question you are answering above the paragraph is common practice.

Please limit your personal statement to two pages.  Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.

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