John Gardiner, Baron Gardiner of Kimble

John Gardiner, Baron Gardiner of Kimble (born 17 March 1956) is a British politician. He is a life peer, and has served as Senior Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords since May 2021.

See also Gerald Gardiner, Baron Gardiner

The Lord Gardiner of Kimble
Senior Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords
Assumed office
11 May 2021
Lord SpeakerThe Lord McFall of Alcluith
Preceded byThe Lord McFall of Alcluith
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity
In office
13 July 2016  10 May 2021
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Boris Johnson
Preceded byRory Stewart
Succeeded byThe Lord Benyon
Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Lords
Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard
In office
8 May 2015  13 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byThe Lord Newby
Succeeded byThe Earl of Courtown
Lord-in-waiting
Government Whip
In office
4 September 2012  8 May 2015
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byThe Baroness Rawlings
Succeeded byVacant
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
24 June 2010
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1956-03-17) 17 March 1956 (age 65)
NationalityBritish
Political partyNon-affiliated
Other political
affiliations
Conservative (until 2021)
Spouse(s)Olivia Musgrave
Alma materUppingham School
Royal Holloway, University of London

Educated at Uppingham School and Royal Holloway, University of London, he graduated with a BA in Modern History, Economic History and Politics in 1977. He served as private secretary to five successive Chairmen of the Conservative Party between 1989 and 1995, under Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major. He has also worked as Director of Political Affairs for the Countryside Alliance, and served on the Quality of Life Commission Rural Affairs Group of the Conservative Party.

He was raised to the peerage as Baron Gardiner of Kimble, of Kimble in the County of Buckinghamshire on 23 June 2010.[1]

In 2012 he was appointed a Lord-in-waiting, and served in the Lords as a government whip and spokesman on the Cabinet Office, Business, Innovation and Skills, and Energy and Climate Change.

In May 2015 Gardiner was promoted to be Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard and Government Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Lords. In July 2016 he was moved by the new Prime Minister Theresa May to be Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

In May 2021, he was appointed as Senior Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords.[2]

He is married to the sculptor Olivia Musgrave.[3] He lives in London and Suffolk and is a partner of the family farm at Kimble in Buckinghamshire. He was Chairman of the Vale of Aylesbury with Garth and South Berks Hunt from 1992 to 2006 and President of the Buckinghamshire County Show 2007.