Appointment of Chair - Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust

Body: Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: The Welsh Ambulance Service is the national service for Wales and the Trust has a policy of taking public meetings and engagement events out into the communities it serves. The successful candidate will therefore be required to travel widely and extensively to all parts of Wales, although a significant number of other meetings and Board related events will be held at their offices in Cwmbran. It may be necessary to stay overnight on some occasions. Place of Work: Unless otherwise agreed by the Trust’s Remuneration Committee the designated place of work will be the Chairman’s normal place of residence.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The remuneration for the role of Chair of the Trust is a fixed sum of £43,326 per annum. You also will be entitled, on production of supporting receipts, to the re-imbursement of travel and subsistence expenses incurred whilst 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 work.
Time Requirements: The role is based on a notional commitment of a minimum of fourteen and a half (14.5) days per month. However, this will be subject to organisational demands and is often higher than the minimum requirement.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Role of the Chair

The Chair will be accountable to the Cabinet Secretary 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 the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust will:-

• Develop a Strategic Vision for the Ambulance Service of the future, identifying and realising the inherent potential and skills within the organisation to develop an innovative and world leading ambulance service;

• Work effectively with the commissioners’ of Ambulance Services specifically the Emergency Ambulance Services Committee (EASC), the Chair of EASC and the Chief Ambulance Services Commissioner (CASC) to develop emergency ambulance as clinical service embedded in the unscheduled care system.

• 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;

• 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;

• Be accountable for the performance of the Trust at community, local authority, Trust 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 Cabinet Secretary 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 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;

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

• To provide the assurance for ensuring that the Trust 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 ambulance service of the future;

• Ability to provide systems leadership and to work with EASC, Health Boards, Welsh Government, community groups, patients and other stakeholders to develop and drive forward that strategic vision;

• An understanding of health issues and priorities in the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust and the ability to understand the role and work of the Board;

• Understanding of the commissioning context in Wales and the ability to work with the commissioners;

• 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 governance 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;

• Ability 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

Diversity Statement

The Welsh Government believes that public bodies should have board members who reflect Welsh society – people from all walks of life – to help them understand people’s needs and make better decisions. This is why the Welsh Government is encouraging a wide and diverse range of individuals to apply for appointments to public bodies.

Applications are particularly welcome from all under-represented groups including women, people under 30 years of age, black, Asian and minority ethnic people, disabled people, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme – Positive about Disability

The Welsh Government operates a Positive about Disabled People scheme and welcomes applications from people with disabilities. The scheme guarantees an interview to disabled people if they meet the minimum criteria for the post. The application form also enables you to detail any specific needs or equipment that you may need if invited to attend an interview.


For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

The Corporate Shared Service Centre

Tel: 029 2082 5454


For further information or to arrange an informal discussion about the role of the Chair please contact Dr Andrew Goodall, NHS Wales Chief Executive, or Mick Giannasi the current Chair of the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust

Tel: 029 2080 1182 (Dr Goodall) or 07557 549057 (Mick Giannasi).

Email: or

For further information about the Welsh Ambulance Service (NHS) Trust, you may wish to visit the Trust’s internet web site:

For further information on the commissioning arrangements, you may wish to visit the Emergency Ambulance Services Committee website: (

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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