Permanent Secretary, Welsh Government
Policy Leaders Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy
Between 1977 and 1994 Shan’s career covered a wide range of roles within the Civil Service. From 1994-1997 Shan was the UK Government delegate to the International Labour Organisation’s Governing Body.
In 1997, Shan was seconded to the British Embassy in Paris as Labour and Social Affairs Attaché, before taking up her first appointment to the UK Representation in Brussels as the Counsellor responsible for Social, Environmental and Regional affairs.
On return to London in 2006 after the UK Presidency of the EU, Shan transferred to the Diplomatic Service as Director, European Union in the Foreign Office, responsible for negotiations on the Lisbon Treaty and management of the UK parliamentary process of ratification.
Shan was HM Ambassador to Argentina and Paraguay from 2008-2012. During this period she was appointed to the Foreign Office’s Board of Management, and was awarded the CMG. Shan returned to UKRep, Brussels, as Deputy Permanent Representative in July 2012, representing the UK on the Committee of Representatives of the Member States (Coreper I) in the Council. She was responsible for leading negotiations across a wide range of subject areas including climate change, environment, energy, fisheries, social affairs, health, transport, and other Single Market issues.
In February 2017, Shan took up post as Welsh Government Permanent Secretary, where she leads the Welsh Government Civil Service in delivering the priorities of Ministers, managing a budget of £15 billion.