Advisory Council

Dame Shan Morgan

Permanent Secretary, Welsh Government

In February 2017, Dame Shan Morgan was appointed Welsh Government Permanent Secretary, to lead the Welsh Government Civil Service in delivering the priorities of Ministers, accountable for a budget of £17 billion.

Her career has spanned a wide range of roles in the Civil Service and Diplomatic Service. On graduation from Kent University, she joined the Employment Department, working in the Manpower Services Commission in a variety of employment and training policy roles.

From 1994-1997 Shan was the UK Government delegate to the International Labour Organisation’s Governing Body before a secondment to the British Embassy in Paris as Labour and Social Affairs Attaché. She then took 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 leading the UK parliamentary process of ratification.

Shan was HM Ambassador to Argentina and Paraguay from 2008-2012, a period which included the 30th anniversary of the Argentine invasion of the Falklands. She returned to UKRep, Brussels, as Deputy Permanent Representative in 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.