Treasurer, 1981-1986; Chair of Council, 1989-1992
He attended Bristol Grammar School before studying history at Jesus College, Oxford. During the 1939-1945 war he was an officer in the Gloucestershire Regiment rising to the rank of Major and serving partly in the Far East. In 1946 he joined the Civil Service and from 1948 until 1951 was Private Secretary to the Prime Minister.
He then held office in a number of departments becoming Deputy Secretary of the Civil Service Department, then the Lord Chancellor's Office and finally the Department of Health and Social Security. In these positions he sought to persuade the civil service to take more account of scientific developments. Between 1975 and 1980 he was Secretary to the Church Commissioners.