Richard Wilson, Baron Wilson of Dinton
|The Right Honourable|
The Lord Wilson of Dinton
Head of the Home Civil Service
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Robin Butler|
|Succeeded by||Andrew Turnbull|
|Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department|
|Preceded by||Sir Clive Whitmore|
|Succeeded by||Sir David Omand|
|Born||11 October 1942 (age 76)|
Richard Wilson was born in Glamorgan. He was educated at Radley College (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, 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.
Wilson was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 1991 New Year Honours, promoted to Knight Commander (KCB) in the 1997 New Year Honours and to Knight Grand Cross (GCB) in the 2001 New Year Honours.
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. 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.
- Old Radleian 2006 Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- Wilson, Richard (June 2009). "UK Civil Nuclear Energy: What Lessons?" (PDF). British Academy Review. 13: 17. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
- Stevenson, Alexander (2013). The Public Sector: Managing The Unmanageable. ISBN 978-0-7494-6777-7.
- "No. 52382". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1990. p. 3.
- "No. 54625". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1996. p. 3.
- "No. 56070". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2000. p. 2.
- "No. 56762". The London Gazette. 25 November 2002. p. 14283.
- "Board". Retrieved 14 September 2015.
- Richard Wilson interviewed by Alan Macfarlane 20 November 2009 (film)
- Emmanuel College website
- The Peerage
Sir Clive Whitmore
| Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
Sir David Omand
Sir Robin Butler
| Cabinet Secretary & Head of the Home Civil Service
Sir Andrew Turnbull
John Ffowcs Williams
| Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge