Chair - Public Health Wales NHS Trust

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: Public Health Wales is the national public health organisation in Wales. It has an all-Wales remit and has a policy of taking public meetings out into the communities it serves. The successful candidate will therefore be required to travel to all parts of Wales, although a significant number of other meetings and Board related events will be held at the Headquarters in Cardiff. Some overnight stays will be required.
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £43,326 per annum. You will be entitled to be re-imbursed, if appropriate, against receipts for travel and subsistence expenses incurred while on Trust 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 Board work.
Time Requirements: 14.5 days per month


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

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced the appointment of a new Chair for Public Health Wales NHS Trust.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Dr Andrew Goodall Added 10/02/2017

    NHS Wales Chief Executive • Departmental Official

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  • Julie Rogers Added 10/02/2017

    Director of Workforce & Organisational Development, NHS Wales • Departmental Official

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  • Jeff Farrer Added 10/02/2017

    Chief Constable, Gwent Police • Senior Independent Panel Member

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  • Dave Street Added 10/02/2017

    Director of Social Services, Caerphilly CBC and President of the Association of Directors of Social Services, Cymru • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

The vision of Public Health Wales NHS Trust is to make Wales a happier, healthier and fairer place to live. We do this by working locally, nationally and internationally to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of the population of Wales and reduce health inequalities.

We have approximately 1,500 staff across Wales and a budget of over £100 million. The organisation employs the majority of the specialist public health resource in Wales.

Our strategy

Our Integrated Medium Term Plan, also known as our Strategic Plan, presents how we will work for our population over the next three years. It is radically different to how we have worked before. It is about continuing to improve the services we deliver to ensure they are high quality, safe, efficient and effective.

We provide advice, expertise and specialist services to the Welsh Government, working across departments, the seven health boards, NHS Trusts, 22 local authorities, other agencies and to the population of Wales. Each of the seven health boards in Wales employs a Director of Public Health who is supported by the critical mass of expertise employed by Public Health Wales at the local and community level and who, under an honorary contract, manages locally based Public Health Wales staff.

What we do

Public Health Wales provides the public health knowledge, scientific expertise and intelligence to lead change and the intellectual challenge to make sure public services focus on delivering health improvement and reducing inequality.

Our challenges

Health and local government are among the devolved issues so, working nationally and locally, Public Health Wales has access to both policy levers and local delivery systems. Public Health Wales, health boards and local authorities work closely together to promote public health in their areas and will jointly identify and set the local strategic agenda. However, fundamental challenges to improving public health remain.

The role of the Board

The three key roles through which the board of Public Health Wales NHS Trust 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

The Chair will be accountable to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport 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 Public Health Wales NHS Trust will:-

• Provide strong, effective and visible leadership across the breadth of the Trust’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; This includes working nationally alongside other Health Board and Trust Chairs;

• 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 and outcomes for population and patients;

• Be accountable for the performance of the Trust at community, local authority, Trust and national levels through the agreement of an annual delivery plan and the annual evaluation of achievements against the plan in public by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well- being and Sport.

• Hold the Chief Executive to account across the breadth of his/her responsibilities; ensuring the development of an effective Executive Team focused on delivery and outcomes for the Board;

• 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; this means alongside local objectives, working collaboratively and supporting examples of regional and national planning;

• To provide the assurance and governance for the proper stewardship of public money and other resources for which the Board is accountable; working with the Chief Executive;

• To provide the assurance for ensuring that the Trust is governed effectively within the framework and standards set for the NHS in Wales; working with the Chief Executive and Board;

• 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

• An understanding of health issues and priorities in Public Health Wales NHS Trust 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 goverance 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 Trust;

• 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 and 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.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the role of the Chair please contact Dr Andrew Goodall, NHS Wales Chief Executive, or Professor Sir Mansel Aylward CB , Chair of Public Health Wales NHS Trust

Tel: 029 2080 1182 (Dr Goodall) or 029 2022 7744 (Professor Aylward).

Email: or

For further information about Public Health Wales NHS Trust, you may wish to visit the Trust’s internet web site:

How to Apply

For more information or to apply go to or for queries contact the Shared Service Helpdesk at the Welsh Government by e-mail: or telephone: 029 2082 5454.

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