Robert Rogers, Baron Lisvane
|The Lord Lisvane
|49th Clerk of the House of Commons|
1 October 2011 – 31 August 2014
|Preceded by||Malcolm Jack|
|Succeeded by||David Natzler|
11 December 2014 – ad vitam
|Born||5 February 1950|
|Alma mater||Lincoln College, Oxford|
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.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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 who was ordained as a deacon in the Church of England on 30 June 2013 and a priest on 27 September 2014; they have two grown-up daughters, Catherine, a solicitor, and Eleanor, who works in public health research.
Titles and styles
- 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
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