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Barstow, Sir George Lewis (1874–1966), civil servant and business executive, was born in India on 20 May 1874, the second son of Henry Clements Barstow (1838–1902) of the Indian Civil Service, and his wife, Cecilia Clementina, daughter of the Hon. and Revd John Baillie...

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Coates, Sir William Henry (1882–1963), civil servant and businessman, was born on 31 May 1882 at Runcorn, Cheshire, the second son of T. Mallalieu Coates, a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and his wife, Esther, née Tough. Coates, who was known to his close colleagues as ...

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Derek George Rayner, Baron Rayner (1926–1998) by Peter Dunne, 1983 © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Rayner, Derek George, Baron Rayner (1926–1998), businessman and civil servant, was born at 47 Waterloo Road, Norwich, on 30 March 1926, the son of George William Rayner, a shoe finisher, and his wife, Hilda Jane, née Rant. He had a comfortable upbringing and was educated at the ...

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Tallents, Sir Stephen George (1884–1958), civil servant and public relations expert, was born on 20 October 1884 in London, the eldest son of George William Tallents, a conveyancing barrister, and his wife, Mildred Sophia Cubitt, daughter of the first Baron Ashcombe. He had two brothers and two sisters. On his father's side he was descended from a line of midland- and then ...

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Sir Stephen George Tallents (1884–1958) by Bassano, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Zulueta, Sir Philip Francis de (1925–1989), civil servant and businessman, was born in Oxford on 2 January 1925, the only child of Francis (Francisco Maria José) de Zulueta (1878–1958), regius professor of civil law and fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and his wife, ...