Richard Luce sits on the Cross Benches of the House of Lords as an independent Life Peer. He is currently High Steward of Westminster Abbey. His career spans the army (National Service), the Overseas Civil Service, business, parliament (Conservative MP for 21 years), a Minister for 10 years (Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Arts and the Civil Service), Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, and Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Gibraltar.
He retired in 2006 having served for six years as Lord Chamberlain to The Queen, the senior official in the Royal Household. He is serving or has served as a President, Chairman or Trustee of a number of charitable bodies. In 2008 The Queen made him a Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter.
Commenting on his appointment as Chancellor, Lord Luce said: “It is an immense privilege for me to accept Mr Licudi’s invitation to become Chancellor of the new University of Gibraltar. It is a most exciting and well prepared venture with a fine team of academics and an excellent system of governance. It is a pleasure to be able to renew my former link with Gibraltar through the University. My wife Rose and I retain a great affection and admiration for all the people of Gibraltar.”