Velindre NHS Trust - Appointment of Chair

Body: Velindre NHS Trust
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: Velindre NHS Trust has a Headquarters at Parc Nantgarw in Cardiff. The Trust provides specialist cancer and blood services for people across Wales through Velindre Cancer Centre (external link) and the Welsh Blood Service (external link). The successful candidate will therefore be required to travel, although a significant number of other meetings and Board related events will be held at their main sites in Nantgarw, Cardiff and Talbot Green. It may be necessary to stay overnight on some occasions.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £43,326 per annum
Time Requirements: 14.5 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    24/01/2018 at 00:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Dr Andrew Goodall Added 08/01/2018

    Panel Chair

    Director General and NHS Wales Chief Executive, Welsh Government • Departmental Official

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  • Added 08/01/2018

    Director of Workforce and & Organisational Development • Departmental Official

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  • Peter Vaughan Added 08/01/2018

    Director of the International Centre for Policing and Security at the University of South Wales • Senior Independent Panel Member

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Vacancy Description

The Role of the Board

The three key roles through which the Velindre NHS Trust demonstrates leadership within the organisation are:

  • formulating strategy;
  • ensuring accountability by holding the organisation to account for the delivery of the strategy and through seeking assurance that systems of control are robust and reliable;
  • shaping a positive culture for the Board and the organisation.

The Chair leads a team of six non-executive directors (Independent Members) who come together in a differentiated partnership with the Chief Executive and four other executive directors to form the Board.

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 Velindre NHS Trust will:-

  • Develop a Strategic Vision for Velindre’s services of the future, identifying and realising the inherent potential and skills within the organisation to develop an innovative and world leading service;
  • 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;
  • Provide the assurance and governance for the proper stewardship of public money and other resources for which the Board is accountable;
  • 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 Velindre Cancer Centre, the Welsh Blood Service, 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 Velindre 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.

Welsh Language

Welsh language skills are desirable but not a pre-requisite for appointment.  However all candidates will be expected to display an empathy towards the language and demonstrate leadership to strengthen bilingual service provision within the NHS in Wales.

Tenure of office

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services determines the length of the appointment, which will initially be up for a period of up to four (4) years. However, this is subject to the Chair remaining eligible for the role for the duration of the term. Boaad members may stand for a maximum of eight (8) years.


The Chair is appointed by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services and is accountable to the Cabinet Secretary for carrying out their duties and for their performance.

Additional Information

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.

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