Robert Rogers, Baron Lisvane

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The Lord Lisvane

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Lord Lisvane's official parliamentary photo
Member of the House of Lords
Assumed office
11 December 2014
49th Clerk of the House of Commons
In office
1 October 2011 – 31 August 2014
Preceded byMalcolm Jack
Succeeded byDavid Natzler
Personal details
Robert James Rogers

(1950-02-05) 5 February 1950 (age 69)
Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales
Political partyCrossbencher
  • Sarah Elizabeth Anne Howard
    (m. 1973; div. 1978)
  • Constance Jane Perkins (m. 1981)
EducationTonbridge School
Alma materLincoln College, Oxford

Robert James Rogers, Baron Lisvane, KCB, DL (born 5 February 1950) is a British life peer and retired public servant. He served as Clerk of the House of Commons from October 2011 until August 2014.[1]

Following his elevation as a Life Peer in 2014, Lisvane became a member of the House of Lords, where he sits as a crossbencher.

He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Constitution Reform Group,[2] a cross-party pressure group which is chaired by Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury, and which seeks a new constitutional settlement in the UK by way of the Act of Union Bill 2018.[3] Lord Lisvane introduced the Bill as a Private Member’s Bill in the House of Lords on 9 October 2018, when it received a formal first reading.

Early life[edit]

Born in Cardiff,[4] Rogers attended Tonbridge School[citation needed] before going to Lincoln College, Oxford, where he read Old Norse, mediaeval Welsh and Anglo-Saxon,[citation needed] as well as representing Oxford University at cricket, hockey and real tennis.[citation needed] He captained Lincoln College in the series of University Challenge broadcast in 1970,[citation needed] reaching the semi-final.[citation needed]

He was a Rhodes Research Scholar in 1971[citation needed] and worked briefly at the Ministry of Defence[citation needed] before entering parliamentary service in the House of Commons.[citation needed]

Parliament career[edit]

House of Commons[edit]

Rogers joined the House of Commons Service in 1972 and was involved in every aspect of the procedural and committee work of Parliament during his career, including postings as Clerk for Private Members' Bills, Clerk to the Defence Committee, Clerk of the European Scrutiny Committee, Secretary of the House of Commons Commission, Clerk of Select Committees, Clerk of the Journals (2004–2005), Principal Clerk of the Table Office (2005–2006), and Clerk of Legislation (2006–2009).[citation needed] He was Clerk Assistant and Director General, Chamber and Committee Services from 2009 to 2011.[5] He succeeded Sir Malcolm Jack as Clerk of the House of Commons on 1 October 2011.

On 30 April 2014, Rogers announced his intention to retire at the end of August that year.[6] At the date of his retirement he had served for over four decades in the House of Commons, including more than ten years as a Clerk at the Table.[7]

House of Lords[edit]

On 21 October 2014, it was announced that Rogers was to be raised to the peerage as a Crossbencher, having been nominated personally by Prime Minister David Cameron.[8] He was created a Life Peer on 11 December 2014 taking the title Lord Lisvane, of Blakemere in the County of Herefordshire and of Lisvane in the City and County of Cardiff.[9]

Lord Lisvane sits in the House of Lords as a Crossbencher. He made his maiden speech on 1 June 2015.[citation needed] He is a member of the House of Lords Committee on Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform,[10] and of the Ecclesiastical Committee.[11] He is an independent vice-president of the Local Government Association.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Rogers has been independent chairman of local government standards committees, a police authority and a fire and rescue authority. He was Chairman of the Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust and a member of the Cathedral Council (2007–09).

He is co-author of the standard textbook How Parliament Works, now[when?] in its seventh edition,[13] and author of two parliamentary miscellanies: Order! Order! (2010)[14] and Who Goes Home? (2012).[15]

He is married to Jane who was ordained as a deacon in the Church of England on 30 June 2013[16] and a priest on 27 September 2014;[17] they have two daughters, Catherine, a solicitor, and Eleanor, who works in public health research.[18] Jane was the High Sheriff of Herefordshire 2017–18.[19]

Lisvane's recreations are sailing, shooting, cricket, music (church organist) and country pursuits.[1]


Rogers was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2013 New Year Honours for "parliamentary and public service".[20][21] He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Herefordshire in April 2015.[22]

Rogers was elected to honorary fellowship of Lincoln College, Oxford, in 2012, and as an honorary bencher of the Middle Temple in 2013. He is also a Freeman of the City of London, a liveryman and Renter Warden of the Skinners' Company.[23] In October 2016, he was appointed to the ancient office of Chief Steward of the City of Hereford.[19]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 5 February 1950 – 29 December 2012: Mr Robert Rogers
  • 29 December 2012 – 11 December 2014: Sir Robert Rogers KCB
  • 11 December 2014 – 15 April 2015: The Right Honourable The Lord Lisvane KCB
  • 15 April 2015 – present: The Right Honourable The Lord Lisvane KCB DL


  1. ^ a b "Clerk of the House and Chief Executive". UK Parliament. 1 October 2011.
  2. ^ Steering Committee Constitution Reform Group
  3. ^ Act of Union Bill [HL 2017-19] UK Parliament, 9 October 2018
  4. ^ "Births Mar 1950 - Rogers, Robert J". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Press Notice: Clerk of the House of Commons". Prime Minister's Office. 30 June 2011.
  6. ^ Sean Curran (26 August 2014). "Commons clerk criticises John Bercow proposal". BBC News.
  7. ^ "Clerk of the House of Commons and Chief Executive to retire". UK Parliament. 30 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Press Notice: Peerages conferred". Government of the United Kingdom. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  9. ^ "No. 61077". The London Gazette. 16 December 2014. p. 24250.
  10. ^ "The Lords, the Barnett formula and 'Einion the Traitor'". BBC News. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Ecclesiastical Committee – Membership". UK Parliament. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Lord Lisvane: Register of Interests". UK Parliament. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  13. ^ ISBN 978-1138843776
  14. ^ ISBN 9781906779283
  15. ^ ASIN B009L5BNPQ
  16. ^ "Petertide ordinations". Church Times (#7842). 5 July 2013. p. 31. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 30 November 2015 – via UK Press Online archives.
  17. ^ "Gazette: ordinations". Church Times (#7915). 28 November 2014. p. 23. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 30 November 2015 – via UK Press Online archives.
  18. ^ The Lord Lisvane KCB Middle Temple; Accessed 23 March 2015
  19. ^ a b "Installation of new Chief Steward and Honorary Recorder". Hereford City Council. 29 March 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  20. ^ "New Year Honours: Kate Bush Heads Arts Field". Sky News. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  21. ^ "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 2.
  22. ^ "New Deputy Lieutenants of Herefordshire". 21 April 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  23. ^ "The Worshipful Company of Skinners". Retrieved 31 March 2017.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Malcolm Jack
Clerk of the House of Commons
Succeeded by
Sir David Natzler
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Lord Evans of Weardale
Baron Lisvane
Followed by
The Lord Hay of Ballyore