Robert Rogers, Baron Lisvane

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The Right Honourable
The Baron Lisvane
49th Clerk of the House of Commons
In office
1 October 2011 – 31 August 2014
Preceded by Malcolm Jack
Succeeded by David Natzler
Member of the House of Lords
Assumed office
11 December 2014
Personal details
Born Robert James Rogers
(1950-02-05) 5 February 1950 (age 67)
Spouse(s) Jane (The Reverend Lady Lisvane)
Children 2
Alma mater Lincoln College, Oxford
Religion Christian

Robert James Rogers, Baron Lisvane, KCB, DL (born 5 February 1950) 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 parliamentarian sitting on the crossbenches in the House of Lords.

Early life[edit]

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

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


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). He was Clerk Assistant and Director General, Chamber and Committee Services from 2009 to 2011.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

On 21 October 2014, it was announced that he was to be raised to the peerage as a Crossbencher, having been nominated personally by David Cameron.[5] He made his maiden speech on 1 June 2015, and is a member of the House of Lords Committee on Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform,[6] and of the Ecclesiastical Committee.[7] He is an independent Vice-President of the Local Government Association.[8]

He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Herefordshire in April 2015.[9]

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 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.[10] In October 2016, he was appointed to the ancient office of Chief Steward of the City of Hereford.[11]

He is co-author of the standard textbook How Parliament Works, now in its 7th edition, and author of two parliamentary miscellanies: Order! Order! (2010) and Who Goes Home? (2012).

He is married to Jane who was ordained as a deacon in the Church of England on 30 June 2013[12] and a priest on 27 September 2014;[13] they have two daughters, Catherine, a solicitor, and Eleanor, who works in public health research.[14] Jane is the High Sheriff of Herefordshire 2017-18.[15]

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".[16][17]

He was created a Life Peer on 11 December 2014 taking the title Baron Lisvane, of Blakemere in the County of Herefordshire and of Lisvane in the City and County of Cardiff.[18]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 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". 1 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Press Notice: Clerk of the House of Commons". 30 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Commons clerk criticises John Bercow proposal". BBC News. 
  4. ^ "Clerk of the House of Commons and Chief Executive to retire". UK Parliament. 
  5. ^ "Press Notice: Peerages conferred". Prime Minister's Office. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Lords, the Barnett formula and 'Einion the Traitor'". 2 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ecclesiastical Committee - Membership". 29 October 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Register of Interests". Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "New Deputy Lieutenants of Herefordshire". 21 April 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "The Worshipful Company of Skinners". Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "Installation of new Chief Steward and Honorary Recorder". 29 March 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Petertide ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#7842). 5 July 2013. p. 31. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 30 November 2015. (Subscription required (help)). 
  13. ^ "Gazette: ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#7915). 28 November 2014. p. 23. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 30 November 2015. (Subscription required (help)). 
  14. ^ Middle Temple — The Lord Lisvane KCB (Accessed 23 March 2015)
  15. ^ "Installation of new Chief Steward and Honorary Recorder". 29 March 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "New Year Honours: Kate Bush Heads Arts Field". Sky News. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  17. ^ "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 2. 
  18. ^ "No. 61077". The London Gazette. 16 December 2014. p. 24250. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Malcolm Jack
Clerk of the House of Commons
Succeeded by
David Natzler