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Richard Thomas James Wilson, Baron Wilson of Dinton GCB (born 11 October 1942) is a cross bench member of the British House of Lords.


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 awarded the degree of Master of Law (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, the privatisation of Britoil, personnel and finance. He headed the Economic Secretariat in the Cabinet Office under Mrs 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.

He was elevated to a life peer as Baron Wilson of Dinton, of Dinton in the County of Buckinghamshire in 2002, after retiring as Cabinet Secretary. In September of that year, he was made Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He was Non-executive Director of British Sky Broadcasting Group plc and is Non-executive Director of Xansa plc since 2003.


Offices held

Government offices
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


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