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The Papers of Suzanne Warner

Reference Code: GBR/0014/WARN

Scope and Contents

Comprising correspondence and papers about her work for the Central Policy Review Staff (CPRS), 1971-4, and about her memoir of Victor Rothschild, 1976, 1990, 1992-4.


  • Creation: 1971 - 1994


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Suzanne Elizabeth Warner (née Reeder) was born on 12 August 1942, the daughter of Charles Clifford Reeder and Elizabeth Joan Armstrong Reeder. She was educated at Badminton School in Bristol, Sussex University and Cambridge University. She married Jonathan Reeve in 1967 (divorced 1980), with whom she has one son, and Norman Reginald Warner in 1990, with whom she has one son.

She worked at the Home Office Research Unit, 1966-7, and then joined the Department of Health and Social Security (DHSS), where she was Personal Assistant to the Secretary of State for Social Services, 1968-70, and Principal, 1970-3. She was a member of the Central Policy Review Staff (CPRS), 1973-4. She returned to the DHSS as Assistant Secretary, 1979-85. She was then Secretary, 1985-8, and Acting Chairman, 1987-8, of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); Executive Director of Food from Britain, 1988-90; and Chief Executive of the Foundation for Education Business Partnerships, 1990-1.

She joined BT plc (British Telecommunications plc) as Personal Adviser to the Deputy Chairman, 1991-3; then moved to Cable & Wireless plc as Head of Group Government Relations, 1993-6, and Group Director of Government Relations, 1996-7. She was Deputy Chairman of the Broadcasting Standards Commission, 1998-2003, and Chairman of Botanic Gardens Conservation International, 1999-2005.

She was awarded the OBE in 2006.


8 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

Copies of the catalogue are available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to the Archives Centre by Lady Warner in 2013.


This collection level description was prepared by Sophie Bridges, June 2018. The collection was catalogued, 2017. Biographical information was obtained from the website of Who's Who.

Date information

DateText: 1971-1974, 1976, 1990, 1992-1994.


Warner, Suzanne Elizabeth, b. 1942, Lady Warner, civil servant

2017-10-04 11:29:30+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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