Chair - Sector Development Wales Partnership (trading as Industry Wales)

Body: Sector Development Wales Partnership (trading as Industry Wales)
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Energy, Regulation, Science & Technology
Location: The post is based at the Waterton Centre, Bridgend. Board meetings will normally be held at the Centre but meetings could also be held in other locations across Wales. During the current pandemic, meetings are being held virtually.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The Appointee is eligible to claim remuneration of £337 per meeting, in addition to expenses. Board members (including the Chair) are regarded as holders of an office for tax and National Insurance purposes. Fees payable will, as a result, be chargeable to tax under Section 62 of the Income Tax Earnings and Pensions Act 2003 and subject to Class 1 National Insurance contributions. These liabilities will be deducted via the Welsh Government payroll system and the net fee paid to the office holder.
Time Requirements: 24 days per year


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

Professor Keith Ridgway CBE has been appointed as the new Chair of Industry Wales, Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething, has announced.

Industry Wales, an arm’s length Welsh Government body, is responsible for providing specialist advice and working directly with industry to support technology and manufacturing businesses in Wales to thrive on a global stage.

Date: 18/05/2022

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    21/02/2022 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    18/05/2022 at 17:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

You will be appointed by Welsh Ministers as a Director of Industry Wales and Board Member. Accordingly, nothing in this document shall be construed as, or taken to create, a contract of employment between you and the Welsh Government.

Role description 
You will be appointed by Welsh Ministers as a Director of Industry Wales and Board Chair. Accordingly, nothing in this document shall be construed as, or taken to create, a contract of employment between you and the Welsh Government.

This role will include:
– Providing effective leadership; defining and developing strategic direction and setting challenging objectives;
– Promoting high standards of public finance, upholding the principles of regularity, propriety and value for money;
– A wider role of advocacy on behalf of the industry in Wales is expected;
– Ensuring that IW’s activities are conducted efficiently and effectively; and
– Monitoring performance to ensure that IW fully meets its aims, objectives and performance targets.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria:

– Proven ability of leading Boards and organisations effectively.

– Excellent communication and influencing skills, and experience of dealing with the media effectively.

– The ability to network and develop relationships.

– An understanding of the Welsh Government’s policies and in particular the Well-Being of Future Generations Act, the Economic Action Plan and its 5 Calls to Action and the International Strategy.

– A clear understanding of the Engineering, Technology and Manufacturing industries within Wales, UK and Internationally and the threats and opportunities it faces, with particular reference to:

a. Disruptive technologies, products, markets
b. Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Industry 4.0
c. Anchoring of supply chains within a low carbon economy

– An understanding of the workings of the Welsh Devolved Administration together with a political awareness and ability to develop political networks.

– A clear understanding and commitment to equality issues and challenging discriminatory practices when appropriate.

– An understanding of the importance of maintaining high standards in public life and an awareness of the diversity agenda in Wales.

Desirable Skills:

The Board would benefit from Members with expertise and experience in the following areas:

– Business, engineering, technologies and Economics.
– Data Driven Innovation, FinTech, Cyber security and Digital Services.
– High Value Manufacturing, Advanced Materials and modern construction.
– Energy, the Environment and the low carbon economy.

Welsh Language

The ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh is desirable but not essential. Desirable skill levels are as follows:

– Understanding – Can understand parts of a basic conversation
– Reading – Can read some basic words and phrases with understanding
– Speaking – Can hold a basic conversation in Welsh
– Writing – Can write basic messages on everyday topics

All candidates will be expected to display an empathy towards the language and support decision making to strengthen bilingual service provision.

Additional Information


For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Public Appointments
Public Bodies Unit


For further information regarding the role of Industry Wales (IW) and the role of the Board please contact Leighton James in the Welsh Government’s sponsor team:

Tel: 03000 616100


James Davies, CEO – Industry Wales:
Tel: 07785 973780

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit

How to Apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button on the Welsh Government online recruitment centre. 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 submit two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates.  This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4.  Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.  The second document is a full, up to date CV.  The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities.  We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years. 

It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence.  You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go.  You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.

If you’d like to apply for this opportunity in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Team on:

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