Chair - Life Sciences Hub Wales Ltd

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Energy, Science & Technology
Location: Meetings will be held in Cardiff at the Life Sciences Hub, 3 Assembly Square, Cardiff Bay, but there may be occasions when meetings will be held at other locations.
Skills required: Communication / Media / Marketing, Major Projects
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Chair £337 per day (up to a maximum of £25,000 p.a.)(pro rata)
Time Requirements: 24 days per year


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

Skills and Science Minister Julie James is pleased to confirm that Professor Sir Mansel Aylward has been appointed as the new Chair of Life Sciences Hub Wales Limited.

Date: 13/09/2017

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Mick McGuire Added 08/05/2017

    Panel Chair

    Director, Sectors and Business, Department for Economy & Infrastructure • Departmental Official

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  • Cari-Anne Quinn Added 08/05/2017

    Head of Life Sciences – Life Science Hub Wales, Sectors and Business • Other Panel Member

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  • Bob Hudson Added 08/05/2017

    Director, NHS Wales Health Collaborative • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

The Hub has been established by Welsh Government and is one of the delivery elements of the Welsh Government’s vision for Life Sciences in Wales, which aims to deliver ambitious growth in the sector, to ensure ongoing development of the in Wales to deliver significant economic impact by 2022.

Officially opened in July 2014 by Welsh Government the Hub has become a successful focal point for public and private sector specialists and strategic partners, covering all sector activities ranging from funding to business support to international development and promotion.

The Hub’s mission is to connect, inspire and accelerate growth of companies in this sector, placing Wales on the international map as a preferred location to establish and grow successful life science companies.

The Board will be involved in the development of a repurposed vision and mission for the Hub to include developing opportunities to broaden the scope of the Hub and create value from NHS-industry engagement.

The Hub is the nerve centre of a vibrant and prosperous Welsh life sciences eco-system and brings together academic, business and clinical and professional services, funding organisations and Government to provide a commercially driven fusion of talent and expertise.

The Hub has been established as an independent arms-length subsidiary company of the Welsh Government.

Boards Role
The primary duty of the Board is to ensure the Welsh Ministers receive value for their investment in the Life Sciences Hub.

The role of the Board is to:

• Provide effective leadership; defining and developing strategic direction and setting challenging objectives;

• Promote high standards of public finance, upholding the principles of regularity, propriety and value for money;

• Ensure that the activities of the Hub are conducted efficiently and effectively; and

• Monitor performance to ensure that the Hub fully meets its aims, objectives and performance targets.

To do this the Board must ensure that effective management arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, governance and internal control.

The Board of the Hub will comprise a Chair and up to 9 Members.

Person Specification

The Minister for Skills and Science is seeking to appoint a new Chair for the Life Sciences Hub Wales Ltd. Applicants are sought with an interest and knowledge of the Life Sciences sector in particular in industrial, clinical/NHS Management roles with a commitment to generating and developing opportunities for achieving economic growth and developing the industry-NHS interface. Consideration will also be given to candidates from outside the Life Sciences sector who can demonstrate similar skills and experience.

The Chair will:

• Ensure that the Welsh Ministers receive value for Government’s investment in Life Sciences Hub Wales Ltd, providing the Minister with a regular and clear account of the progress of Hub activities.

• Carry out the duties of the Chair, having regard to relevant obligations under prevailing law and regulation, including the Companies Act 2006, the UK Corporate Governance Code and relevant Welsh Government guidance on corporate governance and Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies.

• Have the same general legal responsibilities to Life Sciences Hub Wales Ltd as any other director. The Board as a whole is collectively responsible for promoting the success of the Life Sciences Hub Wales Ltd by directing and supervising the Hub’s affairs.

• Ensure robust processes and appropriate due diligence is undertaken to ensure public funds are safeguarded.

• Work with Welsh Government officials and the Hub Board to develop appropriate metrics and performance indicators for the Hub and to help monitor performance against these.

• Line manage the CEO of the Hub and conduct annual performance appraisals of the incumbents.

• Lead on strategic development and decision-making.

• Convene and suitably chair regular meetings of the Board of the Hub and ensure that actions from such meetings are adequately progressed.

• Interact closely with the Chair of any sub-committees of the Board, such as the Audit and Remuneration sub-committee and keep abreast of any matters arising.

• Interact closely with the Chairs of all other relevant bodies in the Welsh life science space including, but not restricted to, the Life Sciences National Research Network, the Life Sciences Bridging Fund and the Wales Life Sciences Fund.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

• An interest, knowledge and understanding of Life Sciences sector issues and priorities. Candidates to demonstrate they understand the particular challenges and opportunities that the sector presents.

• A proven track record of building relationships resulting in commercial success and an affinity for persuading, convening, facilitating and building consensus among diverse individuals.

• A proven track record of success or achievement at a senior level of working in the private, public or voluntary sectors.

• Strong leadership qualities and the skills necessary to develop a new vision and mission for the Hub.

• Understand the obligations involved when serving on a board and have the credibility to do so.

• A commitment to excellence and quality.

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.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

The Corporate Shared Service Centre
Tel: 029 2082 5454

For further information regarding the role of the Life Sciences Hub Wales Limited and the role of Chair please contact:

Sarah Dawkins – Life Sciences Sector Team – Tel: 03000 254516 Email:

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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How to Apply

For further details and to apply go to or for queries contact the Shared Service Helpdesk on 029 2082 5454 or email

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