Member - Life Sciences Hub Wales Ltd (Welsh essential)

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Culture, Media & Sport, Science & Technology
Location: Meetings will be held in Cardiff at the Life Sciences Hub, 3 Assembly Square, Cardiff Bay, but there may be occasions when meetings will be held at other locations.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Members will receive £282 per day (up to a maximum of £15,000 p.a.)(Pro rata).
Time Requirements: 12 days per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Mick McGuire Added 08/05/2017

    Panel Chair

    Director, Sectors and Business, Department for Economy & Infrastructure • Departmental Official • Departmental Official

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  • Cari-Anne Quinn Added 08/05/2017

    Head of Life Sciences – Life Science Hub Wales, Sectors and Business • Other Panel Member • Other Panel Member

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  • Bob Hudson Added 08/05/2017

    Director, NHS Wales Health Collaborative • Independent Member

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  • Ifan Evans Added 08/05/2017

    Deputy Director, Technology & Innovation, Department for Health & Social Services • Other Panel Member

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Vacancy Description

The Hub has been established by Welsh Government and is one of the delivery elements of the Welsh Government’s vision for Life Sciences in Wales, which aims to deliver ambitious growth in the sector, to ensure ongoing development of the in Wales to deliver significant economic impact by 2022.

Officially opened in July 2014 by Welsh Government the Hub has become a successful focal point for public and private sector specialists and strategic partners, covering all sector activities ranging from funding to business support to international development and promotion.

The Hub’s mission is to connect, inspire and accelerate growth of companies in this sector, placing Wales on the international map as a preferred location to establish and grow successful life science companies.

The Board will be involved in the development of a repurposed vision and mission for the Hub to include developing opportunities to broaden the scope of the Hub and create value from NHS-industry engagement.

The Hub is the nerve centre of a vibrant and prosperous Welsh life sciences eco-system and brings together academic, business and clinical and professional services, funding organisations and Government to provide a commercially driven fusion of talent and expertise.

The Hub has been established as an independent arms-length subsidiary company of the Welsh Government.

Boards Role

The primary duty of the Board is to ensure the Welsh Ministers receive value for their investment in the Life Sciences Hub.

The role of the Board is to:

• Provide effective leadership; defining and developing strategic direction and setting challenging objectives;

• Promote high standards of public finance, upholding the principles of regularity, propriety and value for money;

• Ensure that the activities of the Hub are conducted efficiently and effectively; and

• Monitor performance to ensure that the Hub fully meets its aims, objectives and performance targets.

To do this the Board must ensure that effective management arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, governance and internal control.

The Board of the Hub will comprise a Chair and up to 9 Board Members.

Person Specification

The Minister for Skills and Science is seeking to appoint Board Members for the Life Sciences Hub Wales Ltd. Applicants are sought with an interest and knowledge of the Life Sciences sector in particular in industrial, clinical/NHS Management roles with a commitment to generating and developing opportunities for achieving economic growth and developing the industry-NHS interface. Consideration will also be given to candidates from outside the Life Sciences sector who can demonstrate similar skills and experience.

Board Members will:

• Ensure that the Welsh Ministers receive value for Government’s investment in Life Sciences Hub Wales Ltd.

• Have the same general legal responsibilities to Life Sciences Hub Wales Ltd as any other director. The Board as a whole is collectively responsible for promoting the success of Life Sciences Hub Wales Ltd by directing and supervising the Hub’s affairs.

• Assist with the development of robust processes and appropriate due diligence is undertaken to ensure public funds are safeguarded.

• Contribute to strategic development and decision-making, regularly attend Board Meetings, contributing to discussions and providing challenge.

• Serve on any sub-committees of the Board, such as the Audit and Remuneration sub-committee and keep abreast of any matters arising.

• Work with Welsh Government officials and the Chair to develop appropriate metrics and performance indicators for the Hub and to help monitor performance against these.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

• An understanding of the obligations involved when serving on a board and the credibility to do so. The Candidate to demonstrate their ability to contribute to discussions, offer challenge and engage in the decision making process.

• Demonstrate an interest in, knowledge and understanding of the sector including the challenges and opportunities available.

• Candidates to demonstrate that they have the ability to credibly represent a wide range of perspectives for example by having a strong network already in place or the ability to develop and maintain a credible and effective network.

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Welsh Language

Board Members – Welsh essential

One Board Member will be appointed on the basis that Welsh language skills are essential. The following Welsh language skills are required:

Reading – able to read simple material on everyday topics with understanding.
Written – expected to be able to write simple work-related correspondence.
Understanding – able to understand routine work related conversations.
Spoken – able to converse in some work-related conversations.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

The Corporate Shared Service Centre
Tel: 029 2082 5454

For further information regarding the role of the Life Sciences Hub Wales Limited and the role of Chair please contact:
Sarah Dawkins – Life Sciences Sector Team – Tel: 03000 254516 Email:

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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