Independent Member (Finance) - Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board

Body: Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health
Location: Meetings will be held across north Wales. The use of virtual meetings has been trialled successfully during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we propose to have a blended approach to meetings going forwards.
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £15,936 per annum
Time Requirements: 4 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    06/08/2021 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Independent Members will among other things:

  • 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 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 and will make sure that the views of patients, carers and families are fully involved in helping to shape, develop and improve services;and
  • Analyse and critically review complex information and contribute to sound decision- making, ensuring that decisions are open and transparent.

Person Specification

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.

Knowledge and Experience


  • An understanding of health issues and priorities in the Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board area and the ability to contribute effectively as part of a unitary Board.
  • The ability to provide a knowledgeable, impartial and balanced perspective on a range of sensitive and complex issues.
  • A sound knowledge and understanding of corporate governance processes.
  • A knowledge of and empathy with local community issues and priorities
  • An understanding of the Nolan Principles and the ability to value and respect others, and to communicate openly and honestly.


As we are the largest health organisation in Wales, with a budget of £1.8 billion we are particularly interested in receiving applications from those with finance experience at a senior executive/board level. We are seeking an Independent Member with the ability to apply financial knowledge and skills in this new strategic environment. A track record of financial oversight in a complex organisation with demonstration of value for money and impact analysis skills would be of benefit. In addition, membership of one of the following bodies would be desirable:

(a)  the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales;

(b)  the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland;

(c)  the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants;

(d)  the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy;

(e)  the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland;

(f)   the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

We would expect applicants to have or be able to develop an understanding of the NHS Finance (Wales) Act 2014.

Personal Attributes & Skills

A commitment to the values of the Health Board which include demonstrating a patient centred approach, an ability to work in partnership with colleagues and stakeholders and the ability to value and respect others, communicating openly and honestly

  • The ability to speak welsh.
  • Experience of chairing committees.

Additional Information


For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:


Public Appointments Team

Public Bodies Unit



For further information regarding the role of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board, and the role of the Independent Member (Finance), please contact Mark Polin, Chair, or Louise Brereton, Board Secretary.


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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.

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