|Sir David Beamish
|Clerk of the Parliaments|
16 April 2011 – 15 April 2017
|Preceded by||Michael Pownall|
|Succeeded by||Edward Ollard|
|Born||David Richard Beamish
20 August 1952
Carlisle, Cumbria, England
|Alma mater||St John's College, Cambridge|
Early life and education
Beamish became a clerk with the House of Lords in 1974 and was promoted to Senior Clerk in 1979. He was seconded to the Cabinet Office to serve as Private Secretary (jointly) to the Leader of the House of Lords and Government Chief Whip in the Lords (1983–86). In 1987, he was appointed Chief Clerk, serving until being appointed Principal Clerk in 1993. He served as Clerk of the Journals from 1993 to 1995. He then served as Clerk of Committees and Clerk of the Overseas Office from 1995 to 2002, until returning to the Journals role, in which he served until 2005. He served as Reading Clerk from 2005 to 2007, when he was appointed Clerk Assistant (the second-ranking clerk in the Lords). He was promoted to Clerk of the Parliaments on 16 April 2011. In 1988, he was the winner of the BBC TV series Mastermind, with Nancy Astor as his special subject.
On 1 December 2016, Beamish announced that he would retire from the role of Clerk of the Parliaments on 15 April 2017. On 23 December 2016 it was announced that Edward Ollard would succeed Beamish in his office.
- ‘BEAMISH, David Richard’, Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017
- Debrett's: David Richard Beamish.
- "Clerk of the Parliaments announces retirement". UK Parliament. 1 December 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
- "New Clerk of the Parliaments". UK Parliament. 23 December 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
- "No. 61803". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2016. p. N3.
|Clerk of the Parliaments