Inquiry into public services boards

In 2017 the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee agreed to undertake an inquiry into public service boards and the developing of well–being plans in Wales, as part of its work on poverty in Wales. The terms of reference were to:

  • examine how public service boards (PSBs) are targeting improvements to public services in Wales’s most deprived communities;
  • assess the quality of evidence used by PSBs in the development of their local Well-Being Plans in relation to the needs and experiences of people living in poverty, including how PSBs are approaching the impending demise of Communities First;
  • consider how PSBs are specifically addressing rural poverty as part of the development of their Well-Being plans
  • explore and understand the experiences of organisations (public, private and third-sector) and individuals in the development of well-being plans and the potential impact of greater regional working in the future.


The Committee held a number of evidence sessions to inform the work of the Committee, which can be viewed in the table below. The Committee also consulted on this topic. The responses have been published.


Evidence session

Date, agenda, minutes



1.   Public Services Boards representatives

Dr Kelechi Nnoaham, Chair of Strategic Partnership Board, Cwm Taf Public Services Board

Barry Liles, Chairman of Carmarthenshire Public Services Board and Principal of Coleg Sir Gâr

Huw Isaac, Head of Performance and Development, Vale of Glamorgan Council, Vale of Glamorgan Public Services Board

Bethan Jones, Chair of Conwy and Denbighshire Public Services Board

7 June 2018

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2.   Public Services Boards representatives

Councillor Rosemarie Harris, Chair of Powys Public Services Board

Andrew Davies, Vice-chair, Swansea Public Services Board

Chris Sivers, Director of Place, Swansea Public Services Board

Kathryn Peters, Corporate Policy Manager, Caerphilly County Borough Council, Caerphilly Public Services Board

Councillor Huw Thomas, Leader of Cardiff Council, Chair of Cardiff Public Services Board

7 June 2018

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3.   Public Health Wales

Dr Sumina Azam, Public Health Wales

7 June 2018

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4.   Health board representatives

Rob Smith, Area Director – East, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Sally Baxter, Acting Director of Strategy, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Sarah Jennings, Director of Partnerships and Corporate Services, Hywel Dda University Health Board

Sarah Aitken, Director of Public Health, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

13 June 2018

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5.   Voluntary sector representatives

Judith Stone Assistant Director of Policy, Partnerships and Engagement, Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA)

David Cook, Policy Officer, Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA)

John Gallanders, Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham

Sue Leonard, Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services

Sheila Hendrickson-Brown, Cardiff Third Sector Council

13 June 2018

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6.   Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services

Alun Davies AM, Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services

Claire Bennett, Deputy Director, Local Government Transformation and Partnerships, Welsh Government

Claire Germain, Head of Local Government Partnerships Policy, Welsh Government

17 October 2018

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In March 2018, the Committee agreed to revise its terms of reference and focus on public service boards.


The new terms of reference are:

  • To gain an understanding of the structure and functions of the Public Services Boards.
  • To explore the effectiveness of PSBs, resourcing and capacity.
  • To gather evidence of issues or barriers that may impact on effective working, and examples of good practice and innovation.


Should the Committee decide to hold further evidence sessions in the future it will communicate this on its homepage and through its Twitter account.


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Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

First published: 19/10/2017




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