Lord Lisvane, formerly Sir Robert Rogers, was educated at Tonbridge and Lincoln College, Oxford. He was a Rhodes Research Scholar, worked briefly in the Ministry of Defence, and joined the service of the House of Commons in 1972. In a career spanning 42 years Robert worked in every area of the House’s business, and was successively Clerk of Select Committees, Clerk of the Journals and Clerk of Legislation. He was Clerk Assistant and Head of the Department of Chamber and Committee Services 2009-11 and from 2011 to 2014 was the Clerk of the House of Commons.
On the administrative side Robert was Secretary of the House of Commons Commission 2001-04, and as Clerk of the House he was Chief Executive, Corporate Officer and Accounting Officer.
Away from Westminster Robert has chaired standards and ethics committees in a county council, a police authority and a fire and rescue authority. He is a former Chairman of the Hereford Cathedral Trust and is a Deputy Lieutenant for Herefordshire.
He is an Honorary Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple Inn of Court, and an independent Vice-President of the Local Government Association.
Robert is the author of two Parliamentary Miscellanies, Order! Order! and Who Goes Home? and (with Dr Rhodri Walters) of the standard textbook How Parliament Works, now in its 7th edition.