Maria takes over the helm of health board

Llanelli Star - - NEWS -

HEALTH Min­is­ter Vaughan Gething has an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Maria Bat­tle as the new Chair of Hy­wel Dda Univer­sity Health Board for a four-year pe­riod.

On the ap­point­ment, the Min­is­ter said: “Maria brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence of the NHS to this role.

“I’m con­fi­dent that Maria’s clear knowl­edge, per­sonal drive and pas­sion will help de­liver ‘A Health­ier Wales’.”

On her ap­point­ment, Maria said: “I am de­lighted to have been ap­pointed as Chair of Hy­wel Dda and look­ing for­ward to work­ing with all the ded­i­cated and com­pas­sion­ate teams to con­tinue to im­prove per­for­mance.

“I have learnt in my eight years as a leader in the NHS that what is most im­por­tant of all is to lis­ten to our pa­tients, our staff and our com­mu­nity so that we can work more ef­fec­tively to­gether to con­stantly im­prove our health ser­vice”.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Hy­wel Dda Health board Steve Moore said: “Maria joins us at a time of great change for NHS ser­vices in West Wales and I know that she will bring the same pas­sion, en­thu­si­asm and ded­i­ca­tion to our health board as she has in her pre­vi­ous role.”

The role of Chair is paid a salary of £59,760 per an­num.

Maria Bat­tle is a so­lic­i­tor spe­cial­is­ing in public law and hu­man rights and a for­mer lec­turer in law.

She was ap­pointed Chair of Cardiff and Vale Univer­sity Health Board in 2012 and will leave this role on Au­gust 19.

Maria has wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence gained from be­ing a for­mer Se­nior Di­rec­tor of Con­sumer Fo­cus Wales, the Deputy/ Act­ing Chil­dren’s Com­mis­sioner for Wales, Chair of Car­marthen­shire County Coun­cil’s Stan­dards Com­mit­tee and the Di­rec­tor of Age Con­cern, Ceredi­gion.

She has also been a Non-ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium and is cur­rently a trustee of the Na­tional Mu­seum of Wales and a lay mem­ber of the Board of So­cial Care Wales.

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