John Hunt, Baron Hunt of Tanworth

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The Lord Hunt of Tanworth
Born (1919-10-23)23 October 1919
Minehead, Somerset, England
Died 17 July 2008(2008-07-17) (aged 88)
Nationality British
Occupation Civil servant
Known for Life peer and member of the House of Lords
Title Baron Hunt of Tanworth

John Joseph Benedict Hunt, Baron Hunt of Tanworth, GCB, KCPO (23 October 1919 – 17 July 2008) was a British civil servant.[1]

He was born in Minehead, west Somerset, to Major A.L.Hunt and Daphne Ashton-Case. He attended Downside School and Magdalene College, Cambridge, before joining the Civil Service in 1946. He was Cabinet Secretary from 1973 to 1979. He was the first Roman Catholic to hold this post since its creation in 1916.

Lord Hunt of Tanworth was a brother-in-law of the late Basil Hume, Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster.

Honours and awards[edit]

He was appointed as Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1968 and subsequently made a Knight Commander (KCB) of the same order in 1973. KCB in 1973. He was created a life peer with the title Baron Hunt of Tanworth, of Stratford-on-Avon in the County of Warwickshire on 8 February 1980, and invested as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in the same year. Hunt was also invested as Knight Commander of the Order of Pius IX by the Holy See.


  1. ^ "Lord Hunt of Tanworth: Secretary of the Cabinet". The Times (London: Times Newspapers Ltd). 17 July 2008. Retrieved 17 July 2008. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Burke Trend
Cabinet Secretary
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Armstrong