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Alldridge, L G H
Lord Mayor of Birmingham.

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

Bleyer, Stanley
Lord Mayor of Birmingham (1970).

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

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

Brooks, David
1870s (?)
Kt, GBE; solicitor; City of Birmingham Councillor from 1901, Lord Mayor of Birmingham 1918-1919

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

Collins, John
High Sheriff of Oxford (1975); previously naval officer in World War II, followed by a business career

Davis, David
c 1877
Kt; Solicitor; Birmingham City Councillor 1901-1924; Lord Mayor of Birmingham (1921-1923)

Edwards, Samuel
Member of Birmingham City Council (1874-1920), Lord Mayor of Birmingham (1900-1901)

Eves, Charles
c 1882
Kt; chartered accountant and businessman; Sheriff of London (1919-1920)

Gardner, L B
c 1907
Mayor of Wednesbury (1949-1950)

Gregg, J F
Town Clerk of Birmingham (1949-1960)

Hands, Harry
Kt, KBE; Mayor of Capetown (1912-1913); Mayor of Greater Capetown (1916-1918)

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

Hollingworth P
Lord Mayor of Birmingham (1982).

McLean, Keith
Mayor of Milton Keynes (2015)

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

Street, Andy
Mayor of the West Midlands 2017-

Turner, Walford Hollier
Kt; Director, then Chairman, then President of Wright's Ropes; High Sheriff of Warwickshire (1951-1952)


Bennett, Peter Frederick Blaker
Chairman and Managing Director of Joseph Lucas Ltd, knighted 1941; Conservative MP for Edgbaston (1940-1953), Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour and National Service (1951-1952), elevated to the peerage in 1953 as Baron Bennett of Edgbaston; previously President of the Federation of British Industries and UK Chairman of Anglo-American Council of Productivity; Director-General of Tanks and Transport at the Ministry of Supply during World War II

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

Bird, Robert Bland
Son of Sir Alfred Bird, 2nd baronet, KBE, Legion d'Honneur; Conservative MP for Wolverhampton West (1922-1929, 1931-1945), elected following death of his father who had held the seat since 1910

Bhatti, Saqib
MP for Meriden (2019-), former President of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

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

Blyth, Neville
Brother of Arthur; Director of the Bank of South Australia; Treasurer (1868) and Minister of Education (1877), South Australia

Burley, Aidan
MP for Cannock Chase (2010-2015)

Cartwright, J D
Emigrated to South Africa; MP in Cape Colony for many years, until formation of Union of South Africa in 1910

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

Davies, Wyndham
Medical practitioner; MP for Perry Barr.

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

Gedge, Sydney
c 1848
Son of Rev Sydney Gedge, Second Master at KES under Prince Lee; solicitor; Conservative MP for Stockport (1886-1892); MP for Walsall (1895-1900); Governor of the Church Missionary Society

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).

Hemming, John Alexander Melvin
MP for Yardley 2005, the first Liberal or Liberal Democrat to win a Birmingham seat since 1969

Hickman, Alfred
Kt, baronet; ironmaster and MP for Wolverhampton West (1885-1886, 1892-1906)

Hill, Alexander Staveley
QC, MP for Coventry (1868-1874), West Staffordshire (1874-1885), Kingswinford (1885-1900)

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, Frank O
c 1942
Labour MP for the Heeley Division of Sheffield (1966-1970, 1974-1983)

Hughes, Edwin
Kt; MP for Woolwich (1885-1902); colonel of the London Artillery Volunteers; member of the London County Council (1889-1902); Mayor of Woolwich (1901)

Humphrey, Leonard
Possibly the first non-white pupil of Caribbean origin; Minister for Education, Sierra Leone.

Jackson, W F
c 1911
Labour MP for Brecon & Radnor 1939-1945; raised to the peerage 1945 as Baron Jackson of Glewstone

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

Lowe, Francis
c 1870
Kt, baronet; Conservative MP for Edgbaston (1898-1929)

Moorsom, J M
QC and Editor of the Law Reports; MP for Great Yarmouth (1892-1900)

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).

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

Stone, John Benjamin
Kt; first Mayor of Sutton Coldfield 1886; MP for Birmingham East (1895-1909); prolific amateur documentary photographer, eg travelling with scientific expedition to Brazil to photograph total solar eclipse in 1893

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

Willetts, David
Director of the Conservative Centre for Policy Studies (1987-1992); MP for Havant (1992-2015); Paymaster General (1996); Minister of State for Universities and Science (2010-2015); raised to the peerage as Lord Willetts 2015


Barnes, J Sidney
CB, KCBE; brother of E W Barnes; Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty, Prince Louis of Battenberg, during World War I; Director of Greenwich Hospital

Bond, Ian
After 28 years in the Foreign Office, became the Foreign Policy Director of the Centre for European Reform in 2013

Browett, Leonard
Kt, KCB; Permanent Secretary to the Board of Trade, and later to the Ministry of Transport

Brown, Frederick Herbert Stanley
Kt (1967); Chairman, Central Electricity Generating Board (1965-1971)

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

Drew, John
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.

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

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

Grimley, W H
Indian civil servant: Commissioner of Chota, Nagpore from 1889, member of the Bengal Legislative Council; CIE

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

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

Hopkins, Richard Valentine Nind
Kt, GCB; Chairman of the Board of Inland Revenue (1922-1927); moved to the Treasury 1927, becoming Controller of Finance and Supply Services; Permanent Secretary to the Treasury and Head of the Civil Service (1942-1945), credited with bringing JM Keynes back to the Treasury

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

Hughes, Christopher
Non-Executive Director of the Pension Protection Fund

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.

Lewis, Alfred Edward
Kt; Deputy Chairman of the National Provincial Bank; member of the government's Economic Advisory Council (1930-1940)

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

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

Maskell, Chris
Head of UK Trade and Investment for Iraq, based at British Embassy in Baghdad

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.

Rigg E
19th C
Kt, CB, Director of the Operative Department of the Royal Mint

Sargent, Donald
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.

Slater, Alexander Ransford
Kt, CBE, GCMG; civil servant in Ceylon and Gold Coast; Governor of Sierra Leone (1922-1927); Governor of Gold Coast (1927-1932); Governor of Jamaica (1932-1934)

Smith, Paul
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 became Director in Egypt, then Director of the British Council in the USA and Cultural Counsellor to the British Embassy in Washington DC; has since held similar positions in Afghanistan and Indonesia

Smout, Arthur J G
Kt; Director of ICI; Director General of Ammunition, Ministry of Supply during World War II; President of the Institute of Metals (1948-); in World War I, a shell produced under his direction brought down the first Zeppelin destroyed over Britain

Stopes-Roe, Jonathan
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, Theodore S
Kt; 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
c. 1883
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).