Clive Whitmore

Sir Clive Anthony Whitmore GCB CVO (born 18 January 1935) is a former British senior civil servant.

Whitmore was educated at Sutton Grammar School in Surrey and Christ's College, Cambridge.[1]

Whitmore served as Principal Private Secretary to Margaret Thatcher from 1979 to 1982.[2] After that, he was appointed as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence and served until 1988.[3] From 1988 to 1994, he was Permanent Secretary at the Home Office.[4]

Whitmore was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 1983 New Year Honours and Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 1983 Birthday Honours.[5][6] He was promoted to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) in the 1988 Birthday Honours.[7]

Sir Clive Whitmore

Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister
In office
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byKenneth Stowe
Succeeded byRobin Butler
Chancellor of De Montfort University
In office
Vice-ChancellorKenneth Barker
Preceded byDame Anne Mueller
Succeeded byJohn White
Personal details
Clive Anthony Whitmore

18 January 1935 (age 84)[1]
Brentford, Middlesex


  1. ^ a b Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 4160. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  2. ^ Moore, Charles (2015). Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography: Volume Two. Penguin UK. ISBN 9780241201268.
  3. ^ Smith, Paul (2010). Government and the Armed Forces in Britain 1856–1990. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 268. ISBN 9780826418944.
  4. ^ Windlesham, Lord (2003). "Ministers and Modernisation: Criminal Justice Policy, 1997–2001". In Zedner, Lucia; Ashworth, Andrew (eds.). The Criminological Foundations of Penal Policy: Essays in Honour of Roger Hood. Oxford University Press. p. 270. ISBN 9780199265091.
  5. ^ "No. 49212". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1982. p. 4.
  6. ^ "No. 49375". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 June 1983. p. 3.
  7. ^ "No. 51365". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 June 1988. p. 3.
Government offices
Preceded by
Kenneth Stowe
Principal Private Secretary
to the Prime Minister

Succeeded by
Robin Butler
Preceded by
Sir Frank Cooper
Permanent Secretary
at the Ministry of Defence

Succeeded by
Sir Michael Quinlan
Preceded by
Sir Brian Cubbon
Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
Succeeded by
Richard Wilson
Anne Mueller

Dame Anne Elisabeth Mueller, DCB (15 October 1930 – 8 July 2000) was a British civil servant and academic. She was Second Permanent Secretary at the Cabinet Office from 1984 to 1987 and then at HM Treasury from 1987 to 1990. She was Chancellor of De Montfort University from June 1991 until 1995.

She was the first woman to become a Permanent Secretary at HM Treasury; the second was Sharon White in 2013. An obituary in The Guardian described her as "the most successful woman civil servant of her generation".

Brian Cubbon

Sir Brian Crossland Cubbon GCB (9 April 1928 – 20 May 2015) was a British senior civil servant and a member of the Charter Compliance Panel of the Press Complaints Commission.

Cubbon was educated at Bury Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge. He became Permanent Under Secretary of State (the senior civil servant in charge of a Government department) of the Northern Ireland Office from 1976 to 1979 and Permanent Secretary of the Home Office from 1979 to 1988. He was a Press Complaints Commission Commissioner from 1995 to 2002.Cubbon was injured in an IRA bomb explosion in which the British Ambassador to Ireland, Christopher Ewart-Biggs, was killed in 1976. The car in which the party was travelling was blown up by a bomb concealed in a culvert under the road. Cubbon's Private Secretary, Judith Cooke, was also killed, and the driver, Brian O'Driscoll, was injured.He died of a heart attack on 20 May 2015 at the age of 87.

Kenneth Barker (academic)

Kenneth Barker (born 26 June 1934) is a British academic administrator.

He was educated at the Royal College of Music, King's College London (BMus) and the University of Sussex (MA). He served as Vice-Chancellor of De Montfort University from 1992 to 1999 and as Vice-Chancellor of Thames Valley University from 1999 to 2003.

He was appointed CBE in the 1994 Birthday Honours for services to higher education.

List of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

This is an incomplete list of those who were made Knights/Dames Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath from the date of the Order's structural change by the Prince Regent on behalf of his father, King George III, on 2 January 1815. Knights/Dames Grand Cross use the post-nominal GCB. Those Knights living at the time of the reorganisation of the Order automatically became Knights Grand Cross, with the post-nominal GCB.

List of permanent under secretaries of state of the Home Office

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Sir Philip Rutnam 2017-present

Sir Mark Sedwill 2013– 2017

Helen Kilpatrick 2012–2013 (acting)

Dame Helen Ghosh 2011–2012

Sir David Normington 2006–2010

Sir John Gieve 2002–2006

Sir David Omand 1997–2002

Sir Richard Wilson 1994–1997

Sir Clive Whitmore 1988–1994

Sir Brian Cubbon 1979–1988

Sir Robert Armstrong 1977–1979

Sir Arthur Peterson 1972–1977

Sir Philip Allen 1966–1972

Sir Charles Cunningham 1957–1966

Sir Frank Newsam 1948–1957

Sir Alexander Maxwell 1938–1948

Sir Russell Scott 1932–1938

Sir John Anderson 1922–1932

Sir Edward Troup 1908–1922

Sir Mackenzie Dalzell Chalmers 1903–1908

Sir Kenelm Digby 1895–1903

Sir Godfrey Lushington 1885–1895#

Hon Sir Adolphus Liddell 1867–1885

Horatio Waddington 1848–1867

Samuel March Phillips 1827–1848

Henry Hobhouse 1817–27

John Beckett [later Sir John Beckett, Bart.] 1806–1817

John King 1792

Scrope Barnard 1789

Michael Heseltine

Michael Ray Dibdin Heseltine, Baron Heseltine, (born 21 March 1933), is a British politician and businessman. Having begun his career as a property developer, he became one of the founders of the publishing house Haymarket. Heseltine served as a Conservative Member of Parliament from 1966 to 2001, and was a prominent figure in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, including serving as Deputy Prime Minister under the latter.

Heseltine entered the Cabinet in 1979 as Secretary of State for the Environment, where he promoted the "Right to Buy" campaign that allowed two million families to purchase their council houses. He was considered an adept media performer and a charismatic minister, although he was frequently at odds with Thatcher on economic issues. He was one of the most visible "wets", whose "One Nation" views were epitomised by his support for the regeneration of Liverpool in the early 1980s when it was facing economic collapse; this later earned him the award of Freeman of the City of Liverpool in 2012. As Secretary of State for Defence from 1983 to 1986, he was instrumental in the political battle against the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. He resigned from the Cabinet in 1986 over the Westland Affair and returned to the back benches.

Following Sir Geoffrey Howe's resignation speech in November 1990, Heseltine challenged Thatcher for the leadership of the Conservative Party, polling well enough to deny her an outright victory on the first ballot. After Thatcher's subsequent resignation, Heseltine then lost to John Major on the second ballot, but returned to the Cabinet when Major became Prime Minister.

As a key ally of Major, Heseltine rose to become President of the Board of Trade and, from 1995, Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State. He declined to seek the leadership of the party following Major's 1997 election defeat, but remained a vocal advocate for modernisation in the party.

In May 2019, he had the whip suspended after saying he would vote for the Liberal Democrats, rather than the Conservatives, at the 2019 European Parliament election in the United Kingdom.

Michael Quinlan (civil servant)

Sir Michael Edward Quinlan, GCB (11 August 1930 – 26 February 2009) was a distinguished former British defence strategist and former Permanent Under-Secretary of State (generally known as the Permanent Secretary) at the British Ministry of Defence, who wrote and lectured on defence and matters of international security, especially nuclear weapon policies and doctrine, and also on concepts of ‘Just War’ and related ethical issues.

Order of the Bath

The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (formerly the Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath) is a British order of chivalry founded by George I on 18 May 1725. The name derives from the elaborate medieval ceremony for appointing a knight, which involved bathing (as a symbol of purification) as one of its elements. The knights so created were known as "Knights of the Bath". George I "erected the Knights of the Bath into a regular Military Order". He did not (as is commonly believed) revive the Order of the Bath, since it had never previously existed as an Order, in the sense of a body of knights who were governed by a set of statutes and whose numbers were replenished when vacancies occurred.The Order consists of the Sovereign (currently Queen Elizabeth II), the Great Master (currently Charles, Prince of Wales, and three Classes of members:

Knight Grand Cross (GCB) or Dame Grand Cross (GCB)

Knight Commander (KCB) or Dame Commander (DCB)

Companion (CB)Members belong to either the Civil or the Military Division. Prior to 1815, the order had only a single class, Knight Companion (KB), which no longer exists. Recipients of the Order are now usually senior military officers or senior civil servants. Commonwealth citizens who are not subjects of the Queen and foreign nationals may be made Honorary Members.The Order of the Bath is the fourth-most senior of the British Orders of Chivalry, after The Most Noble Order of the Garter, The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, and The Most Illustrious Order of St Patrick (dormant).

Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister

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Richard Thomas James Wilson, Baron Wilson of Dinton, (born 11 October 1942) is a crossbench member of the British House of Lords and former Cabinet Secretary.

Robin Butler, Baron Butler of Brockwell

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Security Commission

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Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

This article lists past and present Under-Secretaries of State serving the Home Secretary of the United Kingdom.

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