First Minister welcomes new Permanent Secretary
A NEW Permanent Secretary for the Welsh Government has been appointed, it has been announced by the Cabinet Office.
Derek Jones has been selected for the role following the retirement of Dame Gill Morgan at the end of August.
The announcement was made by the Head of the UK Civil Service, Sir Bob Kerslake, with the agreement of the First Minister Carwyn Jones.
The First Minister said: "I am very pleased that Derek Jones has been appointed Permanent Secretary to the Welsh Government.
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"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."
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."