28 September 2023
Earlier this year, Miss Maria Battle, Chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board shared her intention to retire at the end of her tenure.
Miss Battle explains: “My term as Chair of Hywel Dda came to an end in August this year, but to ensure continuity of the role as I step into retirement, I have, in discussion with the Minister for Health and Social Services, Eluned Morgan MS, agreed that I will stay in post as Chair until the end of October 2023.”
“It has been an honour to serve as Chair of the Health Board particularly during the global pandemic, and to work alongside our dedicated staff and Board Members who work tirelessly every day to ensure the health and care of our patients and population and to deliver our ambitious strategy.
“This is an incredibly difficult time for the NHS and especially in Hywel Dda. We are doing all we can to serve our population and at the same time to push for the delivery of our strategy, which includes a new urgent and planned care hospital we so need, especially with the RAAC issues in Withybush Hospital and the deteriorating condition of Glangwili Hospital.
“I encourage individuals who are interested in supporting the future ambitions of our Health Board and making a difference to apply for the position of Chair.”
Maria has had a long and illustrious career and joined Hywel Dda as Chair in 2019, following eight years as Chair of Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board.
Steve Moore, Hywel Dda University Health Board Chief Executive, said: “Working with Maria has been a pleasure – she has served our population and supported our staff with utmost dignity and grace and has always had kindness at her core. We will miss her leadership and her ability to connect with all members of our community, as well as our staff and patients.
“Thank you, Maria, for all you have done to lead our health board and the communities of mid and west Wales – everyone at Hywel Dda wishes you well as you step into retirement.”
The appointment of Independent Board Members to health boards are public appointments by Welsh Government. Individuals interested in applying for the role of Chair are encouraged to apply at: Public Appointments - Welsh Government (opens in new tab)