Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee: 11th July 2012


Cardiff and Vale UHB Health Board (C&V UHB)


Introduction of new Chair and Chief Executive and the UHB Operational Plan 2012/13


Purpose of the Report

1.             To inform the Committee of the appointment of the new Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff & Vale UHB; and the publication of the UHB Operational Plan for 2012/13.

Chief Officers


2.             Chair - Maria Battle

Maria Battle commenced in post as UHB Chair on 1 April 2012.
Maria was formerly Senior Director of Consumer Focus Wales, and led the UK teams' CF Investigations and CF Labs.  Her recent work campaigning for mandatory display for food hygiene ratings and work on the E-coli outbreaks in Wales has been very successful, with widespread media coverage and supportive backing from the Welsh Government.
Prior to this, Maria was Deputy Children's Commissioner for Wales for several years heading up the legal and investigation department, advising and supporting individual children in Wales, undertaking investigations and a public inquiry and influencing policy development in Wales, the UK and Europe. She acted as Children's Commissioner for Wales for almost two years.
Maria is a solicitor specialising in public law and human rights. Formerly working in two local authorities, South Glamorgan and Mid Glamorgan County Councils, and in the private sector, Maria moved into the voluntary sector working with NCH Action for Children as the manager of the Guardian ad Litem service, with the Children Society Cymru as Head of Policy and Communications and Director of Age Concern Ceredigion.  Maria has been an independent children's advocate in children's residential homes, an independent complaints investigator and has chaired and undertaken reviews into child protection investigations, health and education of looked after children and children's complaints procedures. She lectured in Law at the Universities of Glamorgan and Birmingham; and was the independent Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council's Standards Committee.
Maria was a school governor responsible for special educational needs and child protection and the legal adviser to the Menevia Child Protection Commission West Wales.  She is a trustee of the Clifford Wallich homeless charity, and member of the Wales Human Rights and Public Lawyers Association, and was Chair of the European Network of Children's Ombudsman (ENOC) access to international justice working group. She has also represented ENOC at the European Ministers of Justice Convention on asylum and youth justice.


3.             Chief Executive Officer - Adam Cairns

Adam Cairns, commenced as Chief Executive on 2 July 2012, having previously been Chief Executive at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust.


Mr Cairns, a law graduate, brings with him a wealth of experience at chief executive level. Highly motivated, and with a personal commitment to delivering high quality patient care as efficiently and effectively as possible, Mr Cairns has significant experience of working with internal and external stakeholders to secure service and performance improvements.


Having led a highly successful public consultation on the future configuration of hospital services in Shropshire, Mr Cairns also led Airedale NHS Foundation Trust for a successful five-year period from 2005-10, with the organisation winning the accolade of Dr Foster best small hospital of the year on a number of occasions during that time.  Prior to taking up chief executive roles, Mr Cairns spent 11 years in director roles at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.


4.             Operational Plan

The University Health Board has an Operational Plan that sets out priorities for 2012-2013. The Plan was approved by the UHB Board on 1 May 2012, and is available via the  link.


Contact Officer

Siân Harrop-Griffiths, Interim Director of Planning

Cardiff & Vale UHB


Responsible Officer:

Siân Harrop-Griffiths, Interim Director of Planning

Cardiff & Vale UHB