Richard Wilson, Baron Wilson of Dinton

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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 (1942-10-11) (age 78)
EducationRadley College
Alma materClare College, Cambridge

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.


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
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Lord Black of Crossharbour
Baron Wilson of Dinton
Followed by
The Lord Boyce