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LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Alldridge, L G H
1916
Lord Mayor of Birmingham.

Baker, Thomas
1824
Kt; Lord Mayor of Manchester, uncle of Edward White Benson (1848).

Bleyer, Stanley
1919
Lord Mayor of Birmingham (1970).

Bosworth, Neville BA
1935
Kt; Lord Mayor of Birmingham (1969).

Bond, Ian
1979
28 years at the Foreign Office, subsequently Foreign Policy Director of the Centre for European Reform 

Bowater, William
1871
Kt; Lord Mayor of Birmingham five times between 1909 and 1915.

Butler, A V
1929
JP; elected first Mayor of new London Borough of Haringey in 1965, and again in 1977.

Holding, P K
1936
Mayor of Tewkesbury (1964-1965).

Hollingsworth P
1942
Lord Mayor of Birmingham (1982).

Smith, James
1864
Kt; last Mayor and first Lord Mayor of Birmingham (1895-1896).

Welch, Patrick
1945
High Sheriff of the West Midlands 1987-1988.


POLITICIANS

Bevan, A David Gilroy
1945
MP for Yardley (1979-1992).

Bird, Alfred Frederick
c.1867
Chemist and food manufacturer, son of Alfred Bird, the inventor of Birds Custard; proprietor of the family firm of Alfred Bird & Sons Ltd; MP for Wolverhampton West 1910-1922; Kt 1920, created Baronet 1922.

Blyth, Arthur
1839
Kt; Premier of South Australia (1864-1865, 1871-1872, 1873-1875); Agent-General for South Australia in London (1877-1891); KCMG 1877, CB 1886.

Colmore, Richard
1565
Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford; Chancellor of Durham; Commissioner to treat with the Scots about border disputes (1595)

Davies, Wyndham
1943
Medical practitioner; MP for Perry Barr.

Foley, Paul
1600
Speaker of the House of Commons (1695).

Gunnell, W John
1952
MP for Leeds South and Morley (1992).

Haselhurst, Alan GB
1951
Kt; Left at the end of his third year after a winsome performance as Madame Pons in Jules Romains' play Dr Knock; MP for Saffron Walden (re-elected 1992); PS to the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1979-1981); Deputy Speaker in the House of Commons (2002).

Hazel, A E W
1887
Kt; classic and lawyer. Recorder of Burton-on-Trent (1912-1938); MP for West Bromwich (1906-1910); Principal of Jesus College, Oxford (1925-1944).

Hemming, John Alexander Melvin
1978
MP for Yardley 2005, the first Liberal or Liberal Democrat to win a Birmingham seat since 1959

Hickman, Alfred
19th C
Kt; baronet; JP; Ironmaster and MP for Wolverhampton West.

Hill, A Staveley
19th C
KC, MP for Kingswinford (1868- ).

Hill, David R
1967
Director of Communications, Labour Party HQ and later at 10 Downing St.

Hollingsworth, J H
1946
MP for All Saints, Birmingham (1959-1964) - with a majority of 20.

Hooley, F O
1940
MP for the Heeley Division of Sheffield.

Hughes, Edwin
19th C
MP; colonel of the Artillery Volunteers; member of London County Council

Humphrey, Leonard
1924
Possibly the first non-white pupil of Caribbean origin (nicknamed ‘Inky'); Minister for Education, Sierra Leone.

Ling, John de Courcy
1952
Foreign Office (1959-1978); MEP for East Warwickshire (1979-1989).

Lowe, Francis
Kt; MP.

Moorsom, J M
19th C
QC; MP.

Powell, John Enoch
1930
PC; MBE; Professor of Greek at Sydney University (1937-1939); Brigadier; MP for Wolverhampton West (1950-1974); Financial Secretary to the Treasury (1957-1958); Minister of Health (1960-1963); MP for South Down (1974-1987).

Shilton, Richard
1595
Treasurer of the Inner Temple; Solicitor General (1625-1634); MP for Bridgnorth; governor of KES.

Stone, Benjamin
Kt; MP.

Webbe, William Harold
1900-1914 ?
Kt; MP for Abbey Division of Westminster 1939-50 and for the Cities of London and Westminster 1950-1959.

Willetts, David
1974
Minister of State for Universities and Science (2010- ); Paymaster General (1996); Director of the Conservative Centre for Policy Studies; M.P. for Havant (1992).


PUBLIC / CIVIL SERVANTS

Barnes, Sidney
1908
Kt; brother of E W Barnes; Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty, Prince Louis of Battenberg; Director of Greenwich Hospital.

Browett, Leonard
1903
Kt, Permanent Secretary to the Board of Trade, and later the Ministry of Transport.

Craddock, Tim
1974
British Ambassador to Estonia (1997-2000), British Ambassador to UN organisations, principally UNESCO, in Paris (2003-2006)

Dawes, Edwin Sandys
19th C
Kt; KCMG

Drew, John
1955
Head of the London Office of the European Committee.

Edis, Richard John Smale
C 1963
Ambassador to Mozambique (1992-1995), Ambassador to Tunis (1995-1998).

Edmondston, James Douglas
1939
British Council, ultimately Representative Norway.

Figures, Colin F
1944
Kt; Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet Office; Head of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6).

Fortington, Harold Augustus
1909
Director of the Department of Munitions and Raw Materials in the War Office (1914-1918); Director-General of Progress and Statistics in the War Office (1939-1940) and a civilian member of the Army Council.

Gane, Barrie
1955
OBE, CMG (1988); Counsellor, Foreign Office.

Gatty, Trevor
1948
OBE; Counsellor, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1977-1981); Consul-General for South Eastern United States (1981-1985).

Halford-McLeod, Aubrey Seymour (formerly Halford)
C 1932
Diplomat, becoming Consul-General in Munich (1960-1966), and Ambassador to Iceland (1966-1972) during the ‘Cod War'.

Ham, Gordon Lupton
1904
Malayan Civil Service (1908-1940); President of the Municipal Commissioners, Penang (1927); Under Secretary, Straits Settlements (1933); acted as Colonial Secretary (1933-35); appointed British Resident, Negri Sembilan (1936).

Harborne, Peter G
1963
British Ambassador to the Slovak Republic (1995), subsequently High Commissioner in Trinidad and Tobago.

Heeley, Wilfred L
19th C
Historian, then had distinguished career in the Indian Civil Service; contemporary and friend of Burne-Jones, Lightfoot and William Morris.

Hopkins, Richard V N
1899
Kt; Secretary to the Treasury and Head of the Civil Service (1942(?) 1943(?) -1945).

Hudson, Andrew
1976
CB. Director General, Public Services, HM Treasury, 2009-11; Chief Executive, Valuation Office Agency, 2004-09.

Ibbotson, A W
1905
Kt; Senior Wrangler; a long and distinguished career in the Indian Civil Service.

James, H L
1938
Director-General of the National Association of Pension Funds; Press Secretary to Margaret Thatcher (1979).

Lee, T Peter
1959
Deputy Director-General of the Takeover Panel.

Long, Christopher
1956
CMG; HM Ambassador in Berne; HM Ambassador in Cairo; HM Ambassador in Budapest.

Mackenzie, Alexander
1859
Kt; Chief Commissioner, Central Province of India; Chief Commissioner, Burma (1895); Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal; KCS.

Middleton, D K
1940
British High Commissioner, Papua New Guinea.

Papps, Alastair H
1961
Governor of HM Prisons - Acklington, Durham and Frankland; North Regional Director of Prisons; Director of Operations on Prisons Board 1995-1999; Associate Director in the Cabinet Office Centre for Management and Policy 1999-2002; CB 2002.

Parkes, Harry Smith
19th C
Kt; Consular Service, negotiated the surrender of Peking; then joined the Diplomatic Service, being Minister at the Court of Japan and then China; KCB at age 34.

Sargent, Donald
1925
Kt; civil servant - Secretary, Supplementary Benefits Committee (1966-1968).

Skelsey, Geoffrey B
1962
Head of the Vice-Chancellor's Office, Cambridge University; since 1997, organiser of Royal visits, for which he was invested with the Royal Victorian Order by the Queen in 2002.

Smith, Paul
1974
British Council, serving in West Africa, then in London (vetting plays for British Council export support); then in many other parts of the world, in 2005 becoming Director in Egypt, currently Director of the British Council in the USA and Cultural Counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C..

Stopes-Roe, Jonathan
1969
Senior Civil Servant (Deputy Director) in the Department of Health (retired in 2011). A trustee of the Rationalist Association and of Highbury Vale Blackstock Trust. Eldest grandchild of Sir Barnes Wallis.

Swingler, Brian Edwin
1943
British Council, ultimately Representative France (1980-1984).

Tasker, Sir Theodore S
1902
Indian Civil Service for 36 years, including 16 years in the administration of the Nizam of Hyderabad.

Temple, Rawden JA
1927
Born Nessim Sabatani Afoumado, the son of a Sephardic Jew from Constantinople, changing his name early in his career at the bar; Kt; QC; Chief Social Security Commissioner (1975- ); Bencher of the Inner Temple for four decades, Treasurer in 1983.

Whalley, Robert M
1965
Director Counter-Intelligence and Terrorism, Home Office; CB 2005.

Wright, Charles Francis
c. 1883
During the First World War became HM Chief Inspector of Factories. One of the first recipients of the OBE

Young, Alan F
1945
Malayan Civil Service (1953-62). The last in a long line of British Officers starting in 1870 to serve in the Chinese Affairs Department. Secretary for Chinese Affairs Johore (1960-62).