Douglas Wass

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Sir Douglas William Gretton Wass GCB (born 15 April 1923) is a retired British civil servant.

He was educated at Nottingham High School and St John's College, Cambridge.[1]

He was Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury from 1974 to 1983 and served as joint head of the civil service in 1981.[2]

He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1971, elevated to Knight Commander (KCB) in 1975 and further elevated to Knight Grand Cross (GCB) in 1980.

In 1985, he was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Letters) by the University of Bath.[3]

The Reith Lectures[edit]

In 1983 the BBC invited Sir Douglas to present the annual Reith Lectures. In a series of six lectures, titled Government and the Governed he examined the role and responsibilities of government.


  1. ^ ‘WASS, Sir Douglas (William Gretton)’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2011 ; online edn, Nov 2011 accessed 8 March 2012
  2. ^ Hook, Andrew The Strange career of democracy, Sept. 17, 2009
  3. ^ "Honorary Graduates 1989 to present". University of Bath. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 

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