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David Beamish


David Beamish

David Richard Beamish (born 20 August 1952; Carlisle, Cumbria, England) is a British public servant who has been the Clerk of the Parliaments, the chief clerk in the House of Lords, since 16 April 2011.


Beamish became a clerk with the House of Lords in 1974 and was promoted to Senior Clerk in 1979. He was seconded to the Cabinet Office to serve as Private Secretary (jointly) to the Leader of the House of Lords and Government Chief Whip in the Lords (1983–86). In 1987, he was appointed Chief Clerk, serving until being appointed Principal Clerk in 1993. He served as Clerk of the Journals from 1993 to 1995. He then served as Clerk of Committees and Clerk of the Overseas Office from 1995 to 2002, until returning to the Journals role, in which he served until 2005. He served as Reading Clerk from 2005 to 2007, when he was appointed Clerk Assistant (the second-ranking clerk in the Lords). He was promoted to Clerk of the Parliaments on 16 April 2011.In 1988, he was the winner of BBC TV series Mastermind, with Nancy Astor as his special subject.[1]


  1. ^ Debrett's: David Richard Beamish.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Pownall
Clerk of the Parliaments
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