Lord Mayhew Of Twysden, Q.C

Lord Mayhew has had a highly Parliamentary distinguished career. He was appointed by Prime Minister John Major to become Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in 1992 which he held until 1997.

Before that Lord Mayhew had been appointed by the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to be Attorney General, an office he held from 1987 to 1992.

His earlier ministerial appointments  included being Solicitor General from 1983 to 1987, Minister of State at the Home Office 1981-1983 and Under Secretary of State at the Department of Employment 1979 to 1981.

Lord Mayhew who  was educated at Tonbridge, then Balliol College, Oxford did his National Service with the 4th/7th Dragoon Guards before being called to the Bar in the Middle Temple in 1955. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1972.   

He first stood for Parliament as a Conservative candidate in Camberwell-Dulwich in 1970 before being elected to the House of Commons for Tunbridge Wells in 1974 where he remained until his retirement in 1997.  

Lord Mayhew was knighted  in 1983 and elevated to the House of Lords in 1997.





DSF Executive


Lady Olga Maitland                     

President (Biography)


Rt.Hon. Lord Mayhew of Twysden         

Vice President


Major General Patrick Cordingley 

Chairman (Biography)


Colonel Philip Howes, OBE             

Treasurer and Trustee (Biography)


Honorary Patrons


Rt. Hon Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham

Rt. Hon. Baroness Blatch CBE

Baroness Cox

Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt

General Sir Michael Gow GCB

Rt Hon. The Earl of Lauderdale

Rt. Hon. Lord Lamont of Lerwick

Sir Alfred Sherman

Professor Norman Stone

Rt. Hon. Sir John Wheeler, JP, DL