The Duchy Council

The Council is responsible to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and the Chancellor to the Sovereign, for the Duchy’s affairs. Appointments to the Council are made by The Queen on the recommendation of the Chancellor.

The Council meets five times a year. Members of the Council include two ex-officio appointments: the Receiver General of the Duchy, who is Keeper of the Privy Purse, and the Clerk of the Council, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Duchy of Lancaster. Other Council members are chosen for their particular business skills, or for their links with the County Palatine. The Chancellor appoints one member of the Council to act as Chairman of the Council.

The current members are:

Sir Alan Reid, GCVO (Chairman of the Council)

Sir Alan was formerly the Keeper of the Privy Purse and Treasurer to The Queen from 2002 to 2017. He was appointed as Chairman in January 2018.

Sir Michael Stevens, KCVO (Receiver General)

As Keeper of the Privy Purse and Treasurer to The Queen, Sir Michael has been Receiver General of the Duchy of Lancaster since January 2018.

Mr Nathan Thompson, CVO (Clerk of the Council and Chief Executive)

Nathan Thompson has been Chief Executive, Clerk of the Council, Keeper of the Records and Surveyor General of the Duchy of Lancaster since 1 August 2013.

Ms Sonia Tolaney, QC (Attorney General)

Sonia Tolaney was appointed Attorney General of the Duchy of Lancaster on 30 October 2020. Ms Tolaney succeeded The Honourable Mr Justice Miles who had held the office for the previous eight years.

Mr Hugh Bullock (Member of the Council)

Hugh Bullock became a member of the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster in November 2015. He is the former Chairman of Gerald Eve LLP, Chartered Surveyors and Property Consultants. He is also a Trustee of the Imperial War Museums and chairs the Estates Advisory Committee.

Mr. Marcus Rose (Member of the Council)

Marcus Rose became a member of the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster in January 2018. He is a real estate professional with experience in commercial, residential and industrial property.

The Marquess of Downshire (Member of the Council)

Nicholas Downshire became a member of the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster in January 2018. He manages his family estate in Yorkshire.