Richard Gozney

Sir Richard Hugh Turton Gozney KCMG CVO KStJ (born 21 July 1951) is a British career diplomat. He was governor and commander in chief of Bermuda from 12 December 2007[1] to 18 May 2012 and served as the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man from 27 May 2016 until 29 August 2021.[2]

Sir Richard Gozney
30th Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man
In office
27 May 2016  29 August 2021
MonarchElizabeth II
PremierHoward Quayle
Preceded byAdam Wood
Succeeded bySir John Lorimer
Governor of Bermuda
In office
12 December 2007  18 May 2012
MonarchElizabeth II
PremierBrown, Cox
Preceded bySir John Vereker
Personal details
Born (1951-07-21) 21 July 1951
Diana Edwina Baird
(m. 1982)
Alma materSt Edmund Hall, Oxford
Viceregal styles of
Sir Richard Gozney
Reference styleHis Excellency
Spoken styleYour Excellency


Educated at Magdalen College School and St Edmund Hall, Oxford, Gozney joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1973.[3] He became Head of Chancery and Political Section in Madrid in 1984, Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in 1989 and British High Commissioner to Swaziland in 1993.[3]

After that, he became Head of the Security Policy Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1996, Chief of the Assessments Staff at the Cabinet Office in 1998 and British Ambassador to Indonesia in 2000.[3] He then became British High Commissioner to Nigeria in 2004, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Bermuda in 2007 and Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man in 2016.[4]


He married Diana Edwina Baird on 24 April 1982 and has two sons.[3]


  • Gibraltar and the EC: Aspects of the Relationship (Royal Institute of International Affairs Discussion Paper, 1993)


  1. Smith, Tim. The Royal Gazette: Breaking News: New Governor sworn in. 12 December 2007; Retrieved 13 December 2007
  2. "Island bids farewell to governor and his wife". Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  3. Who's Who 2010, A & C Black, 2010; ISBN 978-1-4081-1414-8
  4. "Sir Richard Gozney: Island's 30th Lieutenant Governor sworn in". BBC News. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
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