Press release

Welsh NHS Confederation welcomes new chair with bold vision

The Welsh NHS Confederation announces new chair Jonathan Morgan, who succeeds Emma Woollett.

26 April 2024

This April, the Welsh NHS Confederation welcomes new chair Jonathan Morgan, chair of member organisation Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (CTMUHB).

The Welsh NHS Confederation (WNHSC) represents all NHS organisations in Wales, including the seven local health boards, three national trusts and two special health authorities. It is part of the NHS Confederation and hosts NHS Wales Employers.

Jonathan succeeds Emma Woollett, who has stood down as chair of Swansea Bay University Health Board and as the chair of the Welsh NHS Confederation.

After leaving the National Assembly for Wales in 2011, Jonathan has spent the past 12 years working across health, social care and housing in a variety of senior and non-executive roles.

Prior to taking up the post of chair at CTMUHB, Jonathan was chair of Hafod Housing Association in South Wales, delivering social housing and a range of social care services across Cardiff, the Vale, Bridgend, and Rhondda Cynon Taf.

He was also an Independent Member of the board at Health Education and Improvement Wales and served on the Audit Committee for the Public Services Ombudsman and Future Generations Commissioner.

Jonathan Morgan, chair of the Welsh NHS Confederation, said:

“I’m delighted to be the new chair of the Welsh NHS Confederation following on from my colleague Emma Woollett, chair of Swansea Bay University Health Board. The NHS faces a tough time but there are opportunities for innovation, creativity and focus by working across the organisations that make up our health service.

“I want us to continue the work with ministers, Members of the Senedd and key public service partners as we find new and bold solutions to deliver a health and care service that responds to the needs of the people of Wales to ensure the best outcomes for our population.”

Darren Hughes, director of the Welsh NHS Confederation, said:

“We’re thrilled to have Jonathan join us as our new chair, as we say goodbye and thank you to Emma Woollett who has made a huge contribution to the work of the Welsh NHS Confederation and to Swansea Bay University Health Board. Jonathan brings with him a wealth of public sector and political experience, with a real drive to support our team to continue to deliver for our members at what is an exceptionally challenging time for the NHS and the communities it serves. We look forward to being bolstered by Jonathan’s enthusiasm, commitment and determination to enable the WNHSC to act as a driving force for positive change.”

About us

We are the membership organisation that brings together, supports and speaks for the whole healthcare system in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The members we represent employ 1.5 million staff, care for more than 1 million patients a day and control £150 billion of public expenditure. We promote collaboration and partnership working as the key to improving population health, delivering high-quality care and reducing health inequalities.