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Andrew Slade

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Andrew Slade
Director General - Economy, Skills and Natural Resources

Andrew took up post as Director General, Economy, Skills and Natural Resources in January 2018. 

He was previously Welsh Government's Lead Director for Environment and Rural Affairs, and, at a corporate level, Head of Policy Profession.  Andrew joined the organisation in 2012, working first on EU programmes, and later as Director, Agriculture, Food and Marine. 

Prior to coming to Wales, Andrew led the establishment of the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)’s new national rural development service.  Between 2006 and 2011, Andrew worked in South West England, first in the Government Office as Deputy Regional Director responsible for sustainable development, and latterly as Executive Director of Programmes and Partnerships at the SW Regional Development Agency.

Andrew’s earlier career background was with the UK Government (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and then Defra) in London, during which time he held a number of posts, including Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State.

Andrew is a Welsh learner.