Dame Shan Morgan

Permanent Secretary at Welsh Government

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Permanent Secretary, Welsh Government
Policy Leaders Fellowship Alumna, Centre for Science and Policy

In February 2017, Shan Morgan 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.

Shan’s career has covered a wide range of roles within the Civil Service since 1977, beginning in the Employment Department. From 1994-1997 she was the UK Government delegate to the International Labour Organisation’s Governing Body. In 1997, she 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. She was HM Ambassador to Argentina and Paraguay from 2008-2012. She then 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.