Independent Member

Body: Public Health Wales NHS Trust
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: The successful candidate will be required to travel to all parts of Wales, although a significant number of meetings and Board related events will be held at the Headquarters in Cardiff. Some overnight stays will be required.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £9,360 per annum
Time Requirements: 4 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    10/04/2019 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Role of the Board

The three key roles through that the Board discharges within the organisation are:

  • formulating strategy and setting the direction of the organisation
  • ensuring accountability by holding the Executive to account for the delivery of the strategy and through seeking assurance that the systems of control are robust and reliable
  • setting the risk appetite for the organisation, determining the key strategic risks and overseeing the management and mitigation of those risks
  • shaping a healthy tone and culture for the Board and the organisation.

The role of a Board member focuses on four key areas:

  • Strategy: to contribute to strategic development and decision-making
  • Performance: to ensure that effective leadership and management arrangements are in place discharged through an effective Executive Team. To hold the Executive to account for its performance in meeting agreed goals and objectives through purposeful challenge and scrutiny, and to monitor the reporting of performance
  • Financial and risk management: to ensure that financial information is accurate and that financial controls and systems of risk management and assurance are robust and defensible.  To ensure that all strategic risks are identified, managed and mitigated appropriately.
  • Behaviours: to live the values of the organisation, comply with 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, our staff and our stakeholders.

Role description

This is an exciting time for Public health Wales as we embark on a new Long Term Strategy and is a great opportunity to use your skills and experience to make a contribution to our vision ‘Working to achieve a healthier future for Wales’.

Independent Members will among other things:

  • Discharge effective governance of the organisation, in all its integrated forms. You will take an active part in discussions, providing your opinion and challenge, and support to the Board on key issues.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of a healthy culture across the organisation’s functions and services.
  • Contribute to the work of the Board based upon your independence, your past experience and knowledge, and your ability to stand back from the day to day operational management.
  • Contribute to and accept corporate decisions to ensure a joined up, robust and transparent decision making process by the Board.
  • Be expected, in time, to fully understand the business through active involvement to enable the effective performance of the organisation.
  • Work closely with other public, private and voluntary organisations ensuring that the views of patients, carers and families are fully involved in helping to shape, develop and improve services.
  • Analyse and critically review complex information and contribute to sound decision-making.
  • Oversee the effective stewardship of resources, ensuring openness and accountability in the allocation and utilisation of resources.


Person Specification

Independent Members will demonstrate the following qualities:

Essential criteria

Knowledge and Experience

  • An understanding and an appreciation of public and population health issues
  • Ability to contribute effectively at Board level
  • Ability to understand the role and work of the organisation and ensure the Board is central to the delivery of its services
  • Experience in analysing complex information and contributing to sound evidence-based  informed decision making
  • Ability to work with the Executive Directors and other Board members, as a unitary Board, to ensure effective Board level leadership. Where necessary you will demonstrate skills that will enable you to hold the Executives to account, with appropriate challenge, for performance whilst maintaining a constructive relationship
  • Ability to contribute to the governance of the organisation, ensuring it is open and honest in its work by contributing fully in the decision making process
  • Ability to provide a knowledgeable, impartial and balanced perspective on a range of sensitive and complex issues
  • Broad understanding of the governance requirements which need to be in place to comply with legislation, for example Data Protection Act (DPA), health and safety at work.
  • Appreciation of the requirements of the Well-being and Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the influence that this must have on ensuring a “Healthier Future for Wales” for the population of Wales and future generations.

Personal Attributes and Skills

The organisation has defined a set of shared core values – Working together –  with trust and respect – to make a difference. To help demonstrate your commitment to these values you will need to be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Good communication skills and the ability to engage with staff and staff representatives at all levels within the organisation
  • Ability to act as an ambassador for the organisation and to represent Public Health Wales at various events and conferences
  • Skills and ability to work as part of a team and in partnership with other key organisations.

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.

Role Specific Criteria

Public health affects all communities and individuals and we are therefore seeking applications from people from a wide variety of different and diverse backgrounds. For example, we would welcome applications from people with:

  • a genuine desire to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Wales
  • an appreciation of the wider determinants of health
  • experience of working with communities and community groups
  • experience of providing and/or ensuring quality services and informed advice. This need not necessarily be in a health environment.

Welsh language skills

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing bilingual capabilities in public appointments in Wales, and welcomes applications from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh.  The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the recruiting body of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Additional Information


For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Public Appointments Team

For further information regarding the role of Independent Member, please contact:

Helen Bushell

Board Secretary and Head of Board Business

Public Health Wales

Tel: 029 20104283


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