A NEW interim chief executive of Powys Teaching Health Board has been appointed after the long-standing leader was seconded to deal with a troubled neighbouring health board.

Hayley Thomas has been appointed to take up the role after her predecessor, Carole Shilabeer was seconded to take charge of the troubled Betsi Cadwallader University Health Board which has been put into special measures.

The changes at Betsi Cadwallader came after Health Minister Eluned Morgan has said she read the "riot act" to executives after serious concerns over performance, leadership and culture at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board led to Welsh Government intervening back in February.


Ms Thomas is currently the health board’s Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy, Partnerships and Primary Care, and will take up post replacing Ms Shilabeer tomorrow (May 3).

Ms Shilabeer said in a statement: “I know you will all join me supporting and wishing Hayley all the best in this interim role. She has been the deputy chief executive for a long time and supported on a range of portfolios."

Carl Cooper, chair of Powys Teaching Health Board, said he was “grateful” to Ms Thomas for stepping into the role.

“Many of you will know Hayley, her exceptional breadth and depth of experience, and the way in which she has exercised leadership in many executive areas to the benefit of this health board, the people of Powys and more widely across Wales,” said Mr Cooper.

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“I am absolutely delighted for our chief executive, Carol Shillabeer.

"Her appointment to Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is testament to her expertise, skills and experience, and reflects the confidence she inspires across the NHS and in Welsh Government for her leadership, care and compassion.

"I wish her every success in her interim role.”