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Earl & Countess of Wessex advertise for new Private Secretary

Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex are advertising on the official Royal website for a new Private Secretary.


Since 2002, Brigadier John Smedley has been the Private Secretary to the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Whilst he is now leaving his post after around 11 years service, his replacement is being sought through the Royal website’s job vacancies section.

Applications close on 18th October for the post, which is based at Bagshot Park.

The description of the job says that the Earl and Countess are looking for “an experienced director with a record of successful delivery at senior level”.

It goes on to say, “The Private Secretary supports Their Royal Highnesses in all matters, including those relating to patronages, security, and state and ceremonial events, and organises the official programme, accompanying them on official and working visits in the UK and abroad”.

“Based in Bagshot Park, the post requires flexibility and willingness to work at Buckingham Palace and elsewhere, and travel when necessary.”

Pay is not specified on the job description, though figures online estimate it to be a 6-figure sum.

The Private Secretary also “manages the Household staff, in the office and house, the Bagshot Estate, and controls expenditure and budgets.”

Traditionally, private secretaries are drawn from the Armed Forces, though the description says “service in the Armed Forces may be an advantage, [though] candidates who offer evidence of achievement at senior level in the public or private sector will also be considered.”

The Earl and Countess of Wessex are regarded as one of the most hard working and unassuming members of the Royal Family. They, with their two children Lady Louise and James, Lord Severn, live at Bagshot Park but also have offices at Buckingham Palace.

Prospective applicants for the job can apply here.

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