Robert Rogers, Baron Lisvane

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The Lord Lisvane
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49th Clerk of the House of Commons
In office
1 October 2011 – 31 August 2014
Preceded by Malcolm Jack
Succeeded by David Natzler
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Life Peer
In office
11 December 2014 – ad vitam
Personal details
Born (1950-02-05) 5 February 1950 (age 65)
Spouse(s) Jane
Alma mater Lincoln College, Oxford
Religion Christian

Robert James Rogers, Baron Lisvane, KCBDL (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, Lord 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 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]

He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Herefordshire in April 2015.[7]

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 and a liveryman of the Skinners’ Company.

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 (formally styled The Revd Lady Lisvane),[8] who was ordained as a priest in the Church of England in 2014;[9] they have two grown-up daughters, Catherine, a solicitor, and Eleanor, who works in public health research.[10]

Rogers'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".[11][12]

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.[13]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 5 February 1950 – 29 December 2012: Robert Rogers, Esq.
  • 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. ^
  4. ^ Clerk of the House of Commons and Chief Executive to retire - News from Parliament - 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. ^ "New Deputy Lieutenants of Herefordshire". 21 April 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Rogers CJ". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 23 March 2015.  (subscription required)[dead link]
  10. ^ Middle Temple — The Lord Lisvane KCB (Accessed 23 March 2015)
  11. ^ "New Year Honours: Kate Bush Heads Arts Field". Sky News. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  12. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 2. 29 December 2012.
  13. ^ The London Gazette: no. 61077. p. 24250. 16 December 2014.

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