He was born on 27 November 1951 and educated at Dorking County Grammar School, and Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, where he was a Scholar and graduated with a BA (First Class Honours), and subsequently admitted as Master of Arts. He also obtained an MA from the University of Sussex.
He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1974, and was assigned to the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations in New York. In 1975 he was posted to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a 3rd Secretary From 1975 to 1979 he was in Tehran, initially as a 3rd Secretary and then as 2nd Secretary. From 1980 to 1984 he was a 1st Secretary in London with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, serving 1981-1984 as Private Secretary to two successive Ministers of State, Malcolm Rifkind and Douglas Hurd. From 1984 to 1988 he was 1st Secretary in Rome. From 1988 to 1993 he was with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, initially as a 1st Secretary and then as a Counsellor. He was Assistant Head of Department of the Middle East Department in about 1990. By 1991 he was Deputy Head of Department of Personnel Operations, as a Counsellor. By 1992 he was Deputy Head of Department of the Personnel Management Department.
He was Deputy Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales from March 1993, and then Private Secretary and Treasurer from October 1996 to 2002.
He was Group Director for Public Policy and Government Affairs for the Royal Bank of Scotland until 2007.
He has now taken up the position of Receiver General of Westminster Abbey succeeding Major General David Burden who had held the position since 1999. Sir Stephen is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Ethics in Public Policy and Corporate Governance of Glasgow Caledonian University.
Lamport wrote a novel, The Palace of Enchantment, in 1985 with Douglas Hurd.
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