Norman Brook, 1st Baron Normanbrook

Brook in 1951

Norman Craven Brook, 1st Baron Normanbrook, GCB, PC (29 April 1902 – 15 June 1967), known as Sir Norman Brook between 1946 and 1964, was a British civil servant. He was Cabinet Secretary between 1947 and 1962 as well as joint permanent secretary to HM Treasury and head of the Home Civil Service from 1956 to 1962.

Background and education

Brook was the son of Frederick Charles Brook, of Bristol, Gloucestershire, and Annie, daughter of Thomas Smith. He was educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School and Wadham College, Oxford.[1]


Brook joined the Home Civil Service in 1925 and attained the grade of Principal in 1933 and of Assistant Secretary in 1938. He was Principal Private Secretary to Sir John Anderson from 1938 to 1942, Deputy Secretary (Civil) to the War Cabinet in 1942, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Reconstruction from 1943 to 1945, Additional Secretary to the Cabinet from 1945 to 1946, and Secretary of the Cabinet from 1947 to 1962. He was also joint permanent secretary to HM Treasury and head of the Home Civil Service from 1956 to 1962.[1] Brook was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1942, promoted to Knight Commander (KCB) in 1946[2] and Knight Grand Cross (GCB) in 1951,[3] and sworn of the Privy Council in 1953. On 24 January 1963 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Normanbrook, of Chelsea in the County of London.[4][1] Between 1964 and 1967 he was Chairman of the Board of Governors of the BBC. He was one of the twelve pall bearers at Sir Winston Churchill's funeral in 1965.

Personal life

Lord Normanbrook married Ida Mary, daughter of E. A. Goshawk, in 1929. He died in June 1967, aged 65, when the barony became extinct.[1]

See also


Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Edward Bridges
Cabinet Secretary
Succeeded by
Sir Burke Trend
Media offices
Preceded by
Sir Arthur fforde
Chairman of the BBC Board of Governors
Succeeded by
Charles Hill
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Normanbrook

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