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Sir Clive Anthony Whitmore GCB CVO (born 18 January 1935) is a former British senior civil servant.

Sir Clive Whitmore

Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister
In office
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byKenneth Stowe
Succeeded byRobin Butler
Chancellor of De Montfort University
In office
Vice-ChancellorKenneth Barker
Preceded byDame Anne Mueller
Succeeded byJohn White
Personal details
Clive Anthony Whitmore

(1935-01-18) 18 January 1935 (age 84)[1]
Brentford, Middlesex

Whitmore was educated at Sutton Grammar School in Surrey and Christ's College, Cambridge.[1]

Whitmore served as Principal Private Secretary to Margaret Thatcher from 1979 to 1982.[2] After that, he was appointed as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence and served until 1988.[3] From 1988 to 1994, he was Permanent Secretary at the Home Office.[4]

Whitmore was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 1983 New Year Honours and Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 1983 Birthday Honours.[5][6] He was promoted to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) in the 1988 Birthday Honours.[7]


  1. ^ a b Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 4160. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  2. ^ Moore, Charles (2015). Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography: Volume Two. Penguin UK. ISBN 9780241201268.
  3. ^ Smith, Paul (2010). Government and the Armed Forces in Britain 1856–1990. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 268. ISBN 9780826418944.
  4. ^ Windlesham, Lord (2003). "Ministers and Modernisation: Criminal Justice Policy, 1997–2001". In Zedner, Lucia; Ashworth, Andrew (eds.). The Criminological Foundations of Penal Policy: Essays in Honour of Roger Hood. Oxford University Press. p. 270. ISBN 9780199265091.
  5. ^ "No. 49212". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1982. p. 4.
  6. ^ "No. 49375". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 June 1983. p. 3.
  7. ^ "No. 51365". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 June 1988. p. 3.
Government offices
Preceded by
Kenneth Stowe
Principal Private Secretary
to the Prime Minister

Succeeded by
Robin Butler
Preceded by
Sir Frank Cooper
Permanent Secretary
at the Ministry of Defence

Succeeded by
Sir Michael Quinlan
Preceded by
Sir Brian Cubbon
Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
Succeeded by
Richard Wilson