Sarah Clarke (Black Rod)
|Lady Usher of the Black Rod|
|Assumed office |
13 February 2018
|Preceded by||David Leakey|
|Alma mater||University of Leicester|
Sarah Clarke is a British administrator. Since 13 February 2018, she has served as Black Rod, the first female Black Rod in the 650-year history of the role. The role is formally "The Lady Usher of the Black Rod" (for previous incumbents "Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod"). Before taking this role, she was in charge of the administration of The Championships, Wimbledon.
Clarke was employed by The Championships, Wimbledon as Championships director, and first worked at Wimbledon as a school-leaver in 1986. Interviewed by The Daily Telegraph in 2017, she commented on their quest for perfection, "We live for details. We love details".
Clarke succeeded Lieutenant General David Leakey, who retired in February 2018, as Black Rod. Speaking to The Guardian, Clarke said, "Over many years I have been fortunate to work at the heart of some of the world's most complex events and institutions. To be given the opportunity to join such an experienced and dedicated team is a great privilege. The House of Lords is a place where the smallest detail is as important as the big picture and the depth of heritage and tradition is second to none. I am truly looking forward to starting work."
Clarke heads up a department that manages the day-to-day business of the House of Lords, and is "also responsible for business resilience and continuity planning", and will have about 30 staff, including the Yeoman Usher and the House of Lords Doorkeepers. She will be paid up to £93,000 a year.
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