Alldridge, L G H
Lord Mayor of Birmingham.
Kt; Lord Mayor of Manchester, uncle of Edward White Benson (1848).
Lord Mayor of Birmingham (1970).
Bosworth, Neville BA
Kt; Lord Mayor of Birmingham (1969).
28 years at the Foreign Office, subsequently Foreign Policy Director of the Centre for European Reform
Kt; Lord Mayor of Birmingham five times between 1909 and 1915.
Butler, A V
JP; elected first Mayor of new London Borough of Haringey in 1965, and again in 1977.
Holding, P K
Mayor of Tewkesbury (1964-1965).
Lord Mayor of Birmingham (1982).
Kt; last Mayor and first Lord Mayor of Birmingham (1895-1896).
High Sheriff of the West Midlands 1987-1988.
Bevan, A David Gilroy
MP for Yardley (1979-1992).
Bird, Alfred Frederick
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.
Kt; Premier of South Australia (1864-1865, 1871-1872, 1873-1875); Agent-General for South Australia in London (1877-1891); KCMG 1877, CB 1886.
Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford; Chancellor of Durham; Commissioner to treat with the Scots about border disputes (1595)
Medical practitioner; MP for Perry Barr.
Speaker of the House of Commons (1695).
Gunnell, W John
MP for Leeds South and Morley (1992).
Haselhurst, Alan GB
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
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
MP for Yardley 2005, the first Liberal or Liberal Democrat to win a Birmingham seat since 1959
Kt; baronet; JP; Ironmaster and MP for Wolverhampton West.
Hill, A Staveley
KC, MP for Kingswinford (1868- ).
Hill, David R
Director of Communications, Labour Party HQ and later at 10 Downing St.
Hollingsworth, J H
MP for All Saints, Birmingham (1959-1964) - with a majority of 20.
Hooley, F O
MP for the Heeley Division of Sheffield.
MP; colonel of the Artillery Volunteers; member of London County Council
Possibly the first non-white pupil of Caribbean origin (nicknamed ‘Inky'); Minister for Education, Sierra Leone.
Ling, John de Courcy
Foreign Office (1959-1978); MEP for East Warwickshire (1979-1989).
Moorsom, J M
Powell, John Enoch
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).
Treasurer of the Inner Temple; Solicitor General (1625-1634); MP for Bridgnorth; governor of KES.
Webbe, William Harold
Kt; MP for Abbey Division of Westminster 1939-50 and for the Cities of London and Westminster 1950-1959.
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
Kt; brother of E W Barnes; Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty, Prince Louis of Battenberg; Director of Greenwich Hospital.
Kt, Permanent Secretary to the Board of Trade, and later the Ministry of Transport.
British Ambassador to Estonia (1997-2000), British Ambassador to UN organisations, principally UNESCO, in Paris (2003-2006)
Dawes, Edwin Sandys
Head of the London Office of the European Committee.
Edis, Richard John Smale
Ambassador to Mozambique (1992-1995), Ambassador to Tunis (1995-1998).
Edmondston, James Douglas
British Council, ultimately Representative Norway.
Figures, Colin F
Kt; Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet Office; Head of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6).
Fortington, Harold Augustus
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.
OBE, CMG (1988); Counsellor, Foreign Office.
OBE; Counsellor, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1977-1981); Consul-General for South Eastern United States (1981-1985).
Halford-McLeod, Aubrey Seymour (formerly Halford)
Diplomat, becoming Consul-General in Munich (1960-1966), and Ambassador to Iceland (1966-1972) during the ‘Cod War'.
Ham, Gordon Lupton
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
British Ambassador to the Slovak Republic (1995), subsequently High Commissioner in Trinidad and Tobago.
Heeley, Wilfred L
Historian, then had distinguished career in the Indian Civil Service; contemporary and friend of Burne-Jones, Lightfoot and William Morris.
Hopkins, Richard V N
Kt; Secretary to the Treasury and Head of the Civil Service (1942(?) 1943(?) -1945).
CB. Director General, Public Services, HM Treasury, 2009-11; Chief Executive, Valuation Office Agency, 2004-09.
Ibbotson, A W
Kt; Senior Wrangler; a long and distinguished career in the Indian Civil Service.
James, H L
Director-General of the National Association of Pension Funds; Press Secretary to Margaret Thatcher (1979).
Lee, T Peter
Deputy Director-General of the Takeover Panel.
CMG; HM Ambassador in Berne; HM Ambassador in Cairo; HM Ambassador in Budapest.
Kt; Chief Commissioner, Central Province of India; Chief Commissioner, Burma (1895); Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal; KCS.
Middleton, D K
British High Commissioner, Papua New Guinea.
Papps, Alastair H
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
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.
Kt; civil servant - Secretary, Supplementary Benefits Committee (1966-1968).
Skelsey, Geoffrey B
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.
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..
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
British Council, ultimately Representative France (1980-1984).
Tasker, Sir Theodore S
Indian Civil Service for 36 years, including 16 years in the administration of the Nizam of Hyderabad.
Temple, Rawden JA
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
Director Counter-Intelligence and Terrorism, Home Office; CB 2005.
Wright, Charles Francis
During the First World War became HM Chief Inspector of Factories. One of the first recipients of the OBE
Young, Alan F
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).