Hywel Dda University Health Board - Chair

Body: Hywel Dda University Health Board
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: Unless otherwise agreed by the Health Board’s Remuneration Committee, the designated place of work will be the Health Board’s Corporate Offices in Carmarthen.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Fixed sum of £59,760 per annum.
Time Requirements: 15 Days Per Month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    26/04/2019 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Dr Andrew Goodall Added 28/03/2019

    Panel Chair

    Director General and NHS Wales Chief Executive, Welsh Government • Departmental Official

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  • Helen Arthur Added 28/03/2019

    Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, Welsh Government • Departmental Official

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  • David Jenkins OBE Added 28/03/2019

    Former Chair, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board • Senior Independent Panel Member

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  • Peter Vaughan Added 28/03/2019

    Former Chief Constable, South Wales Police • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

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 throughout Wales.

The Chair of Hywel Dda 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, Health Board and national levels;
  • Ensure the Board delivers effectively together the strategic and operational aims of the Health Board 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 Minister  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 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;
  • Ability to hold the executives to account for performance whilst maintaining a constructive relationship;
  • A broad understanding of governance issues and how governance applies to the corporate, clinical and information management.


  • An understanding of health issues and priorities in Hywel Dda University Health Board area  and the ability to understand the role and work of the Board;
  • Ability to provide a knowledgeable, impartial and balanced perspective on a range of sensitive and complex issues;

Personal Attributes and Skills


  • Ability to lead and inspire staff, to look ahead and identify key issues for the Board;
  • Drive and determination, with the ability to instil vision and develop defined strategies to pursue long and short-term goals;
  • 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;



  • Strong interpersonal skills with personal impact and credibility to be an effective advocate and ambassador with strong influencing and negotiating skills;
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to be clear and succinct, and to be able to engage with people at all levels;
  • Sound judgement, sensitivity and political awareness;
  • Capacity to be independent and resilient.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Corporate Shared Service Centre

Welsh Government

Tel: 03000 255454

Email: publicappointments@gov.wales


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: 03000 251182 (Dr Goodall)

Email: Andrew.Goodall@gov.wales.


For further information about Hywel Dda University Health Board, you may wish to visit the Health Board’s web site: http://www.hywelddahb.wales.nhs.uk/


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 publicappointments@gov.wales.


For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit www.gov.wales/publicappointments

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