Robin Janvrin

From Wikispooks
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Person.png Robin Janvrin  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(banker, politician)
Robin Janvrin.jpg
Born20 September 1946
Alma materMarlborough College, Britannia Royal Naval College, Brasenose College (Oxford)
Queen's Private Secretary, HSBC etc.

Employment.png HSBC/Senior Advisor

In office
2008 - Present

Robin Berry Janvrin, Baron Janvrin, (born) is a British courtier who was Private Secretary to Elizabeth II from February 1999 to September 2007.

Early life

Born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Robin Berry Janvrin is the son of Vice Admiral Sir Hugh Richard Benest Janvrin and Nancy Edyth Fielding. He was educated at Marlborough College, Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and Brasenose College, Oxford, from which he received a first class bachelor's degree in 1969, and of which he was made an Honorary Fellow in 1999. In 1962, he was selected to attend Camp Rising Sun in upstate New York.


Janvrin entered the Royal Navy in 1964, was commissioned as an acting sub-lieutenant on 1 September 1966,[1] promoted lieutenant on 4 March 1971,[2] and served until 2 July 1975.[3] He subsequently became a member of the Castaways' Club.

On leaving the navy, Janvrin joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He was a Second Secretary in 1975 and was appointed First Secretary at the mission to NATO in 1976. He was officially appointed an Officer of the Diplomatic Service on 7 February 1979. Janvrin was First Secretary in New Delhi from 1981 to 1984, during which time he was made a Member of the 4th Class of the Royal Victorian Order for services during the Queen's state visit to India.

Janvrin was then Counsellor and Deputy Head of Department for the Personnel Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1985 to 1987.

On 1 June 1987 Janvrin was recruited as Press Secretary to The Queen, though it was initially thought that he would be appointed Assistant Press Secretary. On 19 October 1990 he became Assistant Private Secretary to The Queen, and in 1996 the Deputy Private Secretary. He was promoted a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the 1994 New Year Honours, a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 1997 New Year Honours, and a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the 1998 New Year Honours,. In February 1999 he succeeded Sir Robert Fellowes (later Lord Fellowes) as Private Secretary to the Queen. He was promoted to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 2003 New Year Honours.

Janvrin was also a Trustee of the Queen's 80th Birthday Trust,[4] and is the chairman of trustees of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Janvrin retired in September 2007, and was succeeded as Private Secretary by Christopher Geidt.[5] He was promoted to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in the 2007 Birthday Honours and, on 24 July, it was announced that Janvrin would be made a life peer, as one of the ten public servants per Parliament whom the Prime Minister may nominate for a peerage upon their retirement.[6] His title was gazetted as Baron Janvrin, of Chalford Hill in the County of Gloucestershire on 10 October, and he sits as a crossbencher in the House of Lords. On the day of his retirement, 8 September, Janvrin was also promoted to Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order by the Queen. In October, the Queen appointed Lord Janvrin to be a Permanent Lord-in-waiting in the Royal Household.[7]

In the 2008 New Zealand New Year Honours, Lord Janvrin was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for "services to New Zealand as Private Secretary to The Queen".[8]

On 7 January 2008 Janvrin took up his appointment of Deputy Chairman, HSBC Private Bank (UK). Janvrin is also Chairman of The Leadership Council, a research and thought leadership body in the UK.[9] In 2008, he replaced Sir Christopher Mallaby as president of the British Entente Cordiale Scholarship trust.[10]


Janvrin married Isabelle de Boissonneaux de Chevigny, daughter of Yann de Boissonneaux de Chevigny, in 1977.