Tim Stevenson (Lord Lieutenant)

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Timothy Edwin Paul Stevenson OBE CStJ (born 14 May 1948) is the current Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. A qualified barrister, he is also a businessman and current Chairman of Johnson Matthey plc.

Early life[edit]

Stevenson was born on 14 May 1948 in Surrey, England, to Pamela (née Jervelund) and Derek Paul Stevenson.[1][2] He was educated at Canford School, an independent school in near Wimborne Minster, Dorset. He went on to study law at Worcester College, University of Oxford. He graduated Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Jurisprudence, which was later promoted to Master of Arts (MA).[3] In 1971, he was called to the Bar and became a member of the Inner Temple. This qualified him as a barrister.[4]


Stevenson practised law for a short time following his qualification as a barrister, before beginning a 25-year career in industry.[5]

Between 1993 and 1998, he was Chief Executive of Castrol International and Chief Executive of Burmah Castrol PLC from 1998 to 2000.[6] He has taken on a number of non-executive director positions: between 1997 and 2004, of the Department for Education and Skills;[3] between 2000 and 2004, of Partnerships UK; and of Tribal Group from 2004 to 2008.[7] He became Chairman of Morgan Crucible in December 2006.[7] In March 2011 he joined Johnson Matthey as Chairman Designate. His appointment as Chairman was confirmed in July 2011.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Stevenson married Marion Johnston in 1973.[2] Johnston is a family mediator and trainer for National Family Mediation and was previously the director of the Oxfordshire Family Mediation Service.[9] Together they have three daughters.[10]

On 1 September 2008, he was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, thereby becoming Queen Elizabeth II's personal representative in the county.[11]


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Stevenson was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2004 Birthday Honours for services to Education,[12] and a Commander of the Order of St John (CStJ) in May 2010.[13]


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  2. ^ a b Hume, Lucy, ed. (2017). People of Today. Debrett's.
  3. ^ a b "STEVENSON, Timothy Edwin Paul". Who's Who 2013. A & C Black. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  4. ^ "List of Deputy Lord Lieutenants of Oxfordshire". WhatDoTheyKnow.com. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Mr Tim Stevenson". Oxford Brookes University. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Lord Lieutenant". Oxfordshire County Council. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Johnson Matthey - Appointment of Chairman Designate". Johnson Matthey. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Board of Directors". Johnson Matthey. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Deputy Lieutenants". Oxfordshire County Council. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  10. ^ Thom, Airs (29 July 2008). "New Lord Lieutenant unveiled". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  11. ^ "No. 58814". The London Gazette. 4 September 2008. p. 13471.
  12. ^ "No. 57315". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 2004. p. 12.
  13. ^ "No. 59411". The London Gazette. 5 May 2010. p. 8081.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Hugo Brunner
Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire
Succeeded by