Public lecture

Dame Gill Morgan

Dame Gill Morgan

31 January 2011

Wales’ Top Civil Servant Speaks at Aberystwyth University

Wales’ top civil servant will be visiting Aberystwyth University on Thursday, 3rd February. Dame Gill Morgan, Permanent Secretary to the Welsh Assembly Government, will be giving a public lecture on ‘Government in Wales: the Next Ten Years’.

Dame Gill is a former general practitioner and hospital consultant, who went on to become Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation from 2002 to 2008. She succeeded Sir Jon Shortridge in the Assembly Government in May 2008. She is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and of the Faculty of Public Health, a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, and a past President of the International Hospital Federation.

Dame Gill’s lecture is being jointly organised by the Institute of Welsh Politics and the Centre for Welsh Legal Affairs at Aberystwyth University.

Looking forward to the lecture, Dr Catrin Fflur Huws, Director of the Centre for Welsh Legal Affairs, said “From a legal perspective, the next ten years will be a very exciting time for Wales. The National Assembly for Wales is an evolving legislature, and as it enters its fourth term, it will be able to build significantly on the foundations laid down in the early years.”

Professor Roger Scully, Director of the Institute of Welsh Politics, added that “Dame Gill is one of the most important people in Wales today. As Wales’ most senior civil servant, she is absolutely central to the development of the Assembly Government’s structures and practices. It should be fascinating to hear what she has to say about how the way we are governed is likely to change in the next ten years”.

The Lecture will be delivered on Thursday, 3rd February at 7pm. It will be held at the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University.

The Institute of Welsh Politics
The Institute of Welsh Politics is an independent and non-partisan research centre within the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. It was established to promote the academic study and analysis of all aspects of Welsh politics. Reflecting its institutional home within the oldest Department of International Relations in the world, the work of the Institute focuses not only on the political process within Wales, but also on Wales' political and political-economic relations within Britain, Europe and the wider world.

The Centre for Welsh Legal Affairs
The Centre for Welsh Legal Affairs was launched in January 1999 to consolidate, and provide a focus for, the Department of Law and Criminology's expertise and work on the law as it applies within Wales and on general legal developments of relevance to Wales.  A key aim of the Centre is to explore whether there is a distinct Welsh perspective on general legal questions within the common legal system of England and Wales and to ensure that Welsh legal developments are placed in the wider context of developments at the UK, European and International levels.   However, the work goes wider than the process and operation of devolution: other relevant projects being carried out by members of the Centre include work on human rights, freedom of information, the Welsh language, and criminal justice in a Welsh context.  Examining these issues with regard to Wales on a comparative basis enhances our understanding of the general areas and broadens rather than narrows our perspective on them.