Tim Lankester

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Sir Timothy Patrick Lankester, KCB (born 15 April 1942), [1] is a former President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, England, and the first economic private secretary to Margaret Thatcher. [2] [3]


Lankester is the son of Preb. Robin Prior Archibald Lankester and Jean Dorothy Gilliat. He was educated at Monkton Combe School in Somerset. After undertaking Voluntary Service Overseas in British Honduras (1960–61), he went up to St John's College, Cambridge (BA Economics, MA, Honorary Fellow), before completing an MA at Yale University. [4]

He worked for the World Bank, first in Washington, D.C., then in New Delhi (1970–73). From 1973 until 1995, he worked in the British Civil Service. He was Permanent Secretary at the Overseas Development Administration from 1989 until 1994. He left the British Civil Service after a brief spell in the Department for Education.

Lankester sits on the board of the Aga Khan Foundation and the MBI Al Jaber Foundation [5] in the UK.

He was Director and Principal of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London from 1996 until 2000 [6] and made an Honorary Fellow in 2002. [7] He became President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 2001 and retired in 2009. [1]

Lankester is Chairman of the Council of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine [8] and a member of the joint advisory board of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. [9] He is also Chair of the Wells Maltings Trust, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk. [10]


Lankester was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath in 1994. [4]


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  2. "Corpus Christi College Oxford - News & Events". ccc.ox.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  3. Moore, Charles (21 April 2013). "Margaret Thatcher: a woman at No 10 with a style all her own" . The Telegraph.
  4. 1 2 Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 2237. ISBN   978-0-9711966-2-9.
  5. "Patron & Trustees - MBI Al Jaber Foundation". mbifoundation.com. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  6. "Sir Tim Lankester appointed director of the School of Oriental and African Studies". Times Higher Education (THE). 10 November 1995. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  7. "Honorary Fellowships". (SOAS) Alumni Newsletter. No. 25. Winter 2002. p. 1. Retrieved 19 May 2023.
  8. "COUNCIL & SUB-COMMITTEES MEMBERSHIP & TRUSTEESHIPS as at 31 January 2013" (PDF). London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  9. Mirgani, Suzi. "Sir Tim Lankester on Britain's Foreign Aid". Center for International and Regional Studies. Archived from the original on 23 July 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  10. Shaw, Steve (10 January 2018). "Trust overseeing Maltings redevelopment appoints new chair for crucial launch year". Fakenham and Wells Times. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  11. Lankester, Tim (2013). The politics and economics of Britain's foreign aid : the Pergau Dam affair (1st ed.). London: Routledge. ISBN   978-0-415-52952-5. OCLC   767569351.
  12. Lankester, Tim (2005). "International Aid Experience, prospects and the moral case". Cultura. 2 (2): 131–153. doi:10.5840/cultura20052211. ISSN   1584-1057.
  13. Lankester, Tim (1 November 2004). "'Asian drama': the pursuit of modernization in India and Indonesia". Asian Affairs. 35 (3): 291–304. doi:10.1080/0306837042000303894. ISSN   0306-8374. S2CID   21348629.

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