Nicholas Ian Macpherson, Baron Macpherson of Earl's Court, GCB (born 14 July 1959) is a former senior British civil servant. He served as the Permanent Secretary to the Treasury from 2005 to 2016.

The Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court
Official portrait, 2023
Permanent Secretary to the Treasury
In office
ChancellorGordon Brown
Alistair Darling
George Osborne
Preceded bySir Gus O'Donnell
Succeeded bySir Tom Scholar
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
4 October 2016
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1959-07-14) 14 July 1959 (age 64)
EducationBalliol College, Oxford (BA)
University College, London (MSc)

Macpherson was Permanent Secretary to three Chancellors. He managed the department through the financial and wider economic crisis which began in 2007.

Macpherson was nominated for a crossbench peerage in David Cameron's 2016 resignation Honours,[1] and joined the House of Lords on 4 October 2016.[2]

Early life edit

Macpherson was educated at Ashdown House and Eton College.[3] He later attended Balliol College, Oxford (where he read Politics and Economics)[4] and University College London.

Career edit

Macpherson first worked as an economist at the CBI and Peat Marwick Consulting.[5]

Treasury edit

Macpherson entered HM Treasury in 1985. From 1993 to 1997, he was Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer; he oversaw the transition from Kenneth Clarke to Gordon Brown as Chancellor. From 1998 to 2001, he was Director of Welfare Reform. From 2001 to 2004, he was head of the Public Services Directorate, where he managed the 2000 and 2002 spending reviews. From 2004 to 2005 Macpherson managed the Budget and Public Finance Directorate, where he was responsible for tax policy and the budget process.

Macpherson succeeded Sir Gus (now Lord) O'Donnell as Permanent Secretary of the Treasury, when the latter moved to be the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service in 2005. Macpherson came to prominence during the 2014 Scottish independence referendum when he advised George Osborne against entering into a currency union with any Scottish independent state, which was contrary to initial Scottish National Party plans.[6] He stepped down from the Treasury on 31 March 2016.[6]

Other positions edit

Macpherson was a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and is a visiting professor at King's College London.[6]

Macpherson is Chairman of C. Hoare & Co and on the Board of British Land and the Scottish American Investment Trust.[7]

Personal life edit

He is the father of Fred Macpherson, frontman and vocalist of indie rock band Spector.[8]

Honours edit

Macpherson was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2009 New Year Honours,[9] and promoted to Knight Grand Cross of the same Order (GCB) in the 2015 Birthday Honours.[10][11]

Macpherson was nominated for a life peerage in the 2016 Prime Minister's Resignation Honours and was created Baron Macpherson of Earl's Court, of Earl's Court in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, on 4 October.[1][12]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Resignation Peerages 2016" (PDF). GOV.UK.
  2. ^ "Contact information for Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court - MPS and Lords - UK Parliament".
  3. ^ Who's Who 2010, A & C Black, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4081-1414-8
  4. ^ Commons, The Committee Office, House of. "House of Commons – Public Accounts – Minutes of Evidence". Retrieved 27 August 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ HM Treasury (11 April 2001). "Senior Civil Service appointments at HM Treasury (press release)". Archived from the original on 5 August 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2009.
  6. ^ a b c Phillip Inman (4 January 2016). "Treasury permanent secretary Sir Nicholas Macpherson to step down". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  7. ^ British Land appoints Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court GCB as a Non-Executive Director
  8. ^ "Keeping it real with Spector's Fred MacPherson – See Spector live in London – Time Out Music". Archived from the original on 31 May 2013.
  9. ^ "No. 58929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2008. p. 2.
  11. ^ "No. 61256". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 2015. p. 3.
  12. ^ "No. 61729". The London Gazette. 12 October 2016. p. 21644.

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Preceded by Managing Director, Public Services
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Succeeded by
Preceded by Managing Director, Budget and Public Finances
HM Treasury

Succeeded by
Mark Neale
as Managing Director, Budget, Tax and Welfare[1]
Preceded by Permanent Secretary of HM Treasury
Succeeded by
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  1. ^ HM Treasury. "Resource Accounts 2005–06" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 February 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2009.