Richard Wilson, Baron Wilson of Dinton

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

The Lord Wilson of Dinton

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Cabinet Secretary
Head of the Home Civil Service
In office
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byRobin Butler
Succeeded byAndrew Turnbull
Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
In office
Preceded bySir Clive Whitmore
Succeeded bySir David Omand
Personal details
Born11 October 1942 (age 76)


Richard Wilson was born in Glamorgan. He was educated at Radley College[1] (1956–60 and where he is now head of Council (the governing body)) and Clare College, Cambridge (1961–65), where he was awarded the degree of Master of Laws (LLM). He was called to the Bar but, rather than practice, entered the Civil Service as an assistant principal in the Board of Trade in 1966.

He subsequently served in a number of departments including 12 years in the Department of Energy where his responsibilities included nuclear power policy,[2] the privatisation of Britoil, personnel and finance. He headed the Economic Secretariat in the Cabinet Office under Margaret Thatcher from 1987–90 and after two years in the Treasury was appointed Permanent Secretary of the Department of the Environment in 1992.

He became Permanent Under Secretary of the Home Office in 1994 and Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service in January 1998, retiring in 2002.[3]

Wilson was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 1991 New Year Honours,[4] promoted to Knight Commander (KCB) in the 1997 New Year Honours[5] and to Knight Grand Cross (GCB) in the 2001 New Year Honours.[6]

After retiring as Cabinet Secretary, he was created a life peer on 18 November 2002 with the title Baron Wilson of Dinton, of Dinton in the County of Buckinghamshire.[7] In September of that year, he was made Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He has been Non-executive Director of British Sky Broadcasting Group plc and is currently Chairman of C. Hoare & Co, Non-executive Director of Xansa plc and Chair of the Board of Patrons of The Wilberforce Society.[8]


  1. ^ Old Radleian 2006 Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Wilson, Richard (June 2009). "UK Civil Nuclear Energy: What Lessons?" (PDF). British Academy Review. 13: 17. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  3. ^ Stevenson, Alexander (2013). The Public Sector: Managing The Unmanageable. ISBN 978-0-7494-6777-7.
  4. ^ "No. 52382". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1990. p. 3.
  5. ^ "No. 54625". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1996. p. 3.
  6. ^ "No. 56070". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2000. p. 2.
  7. ^ "No. 56762". The London Gazette. 25 November 2002. p. 14283.
  8. ^ "Board". Retrieved 14 September 2015.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Clive Whitmore
Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
Succeeded by
Sir David Omand
Preceded by
Sir Robin Butler
Cabinet Secretary & Head of the Home Civil Service
Succeeded by
Sir Andrew Turnbull
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Ffowcs Williams
Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Fiona Reynolds
Baron Wilson (disambiguation)

Baron Wilson is a title created in 1946 for Sir Henry Maitland Wilson.

Baron Wilson or Lord Wilson may also refer to:

Paul Wilson, Baron Wilson of High Wray (1908–1980), British engineer and administrator

Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx (1916–1995), UK Prime Minister 1964-1970 and 1974-1976

Henry Wilson, Baron Wilson of Langside (1916–1997), Scottish lawyer and politician

David Wilson, Baron Wilson of Tillyorn (born 1935), Scottish administrator, diplomat and Sinologist

Richard Wilson, Baron Wilson of Dinton (born 1942), British civil servant and politician

Nicholas Wilson, Lord Wilson of Culworth (born 1945), British judge, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

Fiona Reynolds

Dame Fiona Claire Reynolds (born 29 March 1958) is Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. She was the Director-General of the National Trust until November 2012.

List of alumni of Clare College, Cambridge

The following is a list of alumni of Clare College, Cambridge, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge.

October 11

October 11 is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 81 days remain until the end of the year.

This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Sunday, or Thursday(58 times in 400 years) than a Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to fall on a Monday or Wednesday (56).

Radley College

Radley College (formally St Peter's College, Radley) is a boys' Public School (independent boarding school) near Radley, Oxfordshire, England, which was founded in 1847. The school covers 800 acres (3.2 km2) including playing fields, a golf course, a lake, and farmland.

It is one of four boys-only, boarding-only independent senior schools in the United Kingdom, the others being Winchester, Harrow and Eton. The five other public schools have since become co-educational: Rugby (1976), Charterhouse (1971), Westminster, Wellington (2005), and Shrewsbury (2014). For the academic year 2015/16, Radley charged boarders up to £11,475 per term, making it the 19th most expensive HMC (Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference) boarding school.

Welsh peers and baronets

This is an index of Welsh peers and baronets whose primary peerage, life peerage, and baronetcy titles include a Welsh place-name origin or its territorial qualification is within the historic counties of Wales.

Welsh-titled peers derive their titles from a variety of sources. After Llywelyn ap Gruffudd of the House of Aberffraw, the last Welsh Prince of Wales, was killed during the Edwardian Conquest in 1282, the Principality of Wales was divided into English-style counties. Many of the former native titles were abolished, but some of the native Welsh lords were given English titles in exchange for their loyalty. Welsh Law remained in force in the Principality for civil cases, including for inheritance. However, Edward I did reform Welsh succession to introduce male preference primogeniture, a reform which facilitated the inheritance by English marcher lords of Welsh lands.

With the Laws in Wales Acts 1535-1542, Wales was formally annexed by England, with the full implementation of English Common Law for civil cases. Both native Welsh and Marcher lordships were fully incorporated into the English Peerage. Eventually, succeeding peerage divisions emerged. Wales does not have a separate peerage, but Welsh peers are included in the English, Great Britain, and finally the United Kingdom peerages. In 1793 the title "Earl of the Town and County of Carnarvon in the Principality of Wales" was created, the only mention of the "Principality of Wales" in a title. After the deposition by the English parliament in February 1689 of King James II and VII from the thrones of England and Ireland (the Scottish Estates followed suit on 11 April 1689), he and his successors continued to create peers and baronets, which became known as the Jacobite Peerage.

Some lords, the Earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor, and the Marquess of Anglesey, make their principal seat within Wales, while others, such as the Marquess of Abergavenny have their seat outside Wales.


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