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Welsh Government’s new Permanent Secretary

24 September 2012

Professor Derek JonesThe University’s Director of Business and Strategic Partnerships, Professor Derek Jones has been appointed the Welsh Government’s new Permanent Secretary.

His appointment as Wales’ top civil servant follows the retirement of Dame Gill Morgan. The announcement was made by the Head of the UK Civil Service, Sir Bob Kerslake, with the agreement of the First Minister, Carwyn Jones.

Welcoming Professor Jones’ appointment, Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan said: "On behalf of the University, I congratulate Derek on his new appointment.

"He leaves his role at Cardiff University with a strong record of delivery. Most significantly, he helped the University identify opportunities for long-term partnerships within the business sector, in Wales and beyond; to share expertise and improve the commercialisation of the University’s knowledge and research.

"As Director of Business and Strategic Partnerships he forged new University links with some of Wales’ leading companies most notably agreements with commercial partners including Ford UK, GE Healthcare, Scottish & Southern Energy, Welsh Water and Mott MacDonald.

"We wish him well in his new and challenging role."

Commenting on his appointment, Professor Derek Jones said: "I am very proud to be taking over leadership of the Welsh Government Civil Service at this point in the devolution story.

"The organisation faces some major opportunities and challenges but I have every confidence that I will be leading a team that can rise to them. Jobs and the economy are the Welsh Government's top priority and they will therefore be my top priority.

"My watchwords for the Civil Service will be excellence and delivery. People in Wales deserve no less."

Derek is a University graduate having read Philosophy, with a particular interest in ethics and political theory.  He is an Honorary Professor of the University.  He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2009 New Year’s honours list.

Derek has over 30 years’ experience in government, with his early civil service career spent mainly in Whitehall in a series of fast-stream appointments at the Treasury and the Department of Trade & Industry.  He returned to Wales in 1989, joining the Welsh Office as Head of Industrial Policy; and subsequently Head of Finance Programmes, Director of the Industry & Training department, and Director of Economic Affairs. 

Following the creation of the National Assembly in 1999, as Senior Director, he has been a central figure in the operation of devolved government in Wales.

The First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones said: "I am very pleased that Derek Jones has been appointed Permanent Secretary to the Welsh Government

"Wales needs a strong and effective Civil Service to support Ministers in delivering for the people of Wales

"Derek will bring a huge range of skills and experience to this critical role and I am delighted that we will have someone of his calibre leading the organisation to deliver the Programme for Government and our ambitious legislative programme."

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