The Earl of Derby
Lord Derby, the 19th Earl of Derby, is the owner of the Stanley House Stud, Knowsley Hall and Knowsley Safari Park. Educated at Eton, Lord Derby was commissioned to the Grenadier Guards before later studying at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.
Lord Derby inherited the title and estate of the 19th Earl of Derby in November 1994, upon the death of his uncle. He married the Hon. Caroline Neville, daughter of The Lord Braybrooke, in October 1995; the couple have three children – Henrietta, Edward and Oliver.
Although the majority of Lord Derby’s time is spent with operations on the Knowsley Estate, he has held interests in private client investment management since 1987, after joining Robert Fleming & Co Ltd where he joined the board in 1992.
Lord Derby still manages the family’s office affairs in London on a part-time basis and acts as the Chairman of Fleming Family & Partners Trustee Company Limited.
Owner of the Stanley House Stud, The Earl’s family has played an important role in the history of horse racing. With roots in the sport traced back to the 5th Earl of Derby in the sixteenth century, the 12th Earl of Derby famously founded two classic races – lending his name to the Epsom Derby while The Epsom Oaks was so-called after his house near the town. The 17th Earl was voted number one in a review of the most significant figures in 20th century racing.
Lord Derby's grandmother, Nan Kennedy, was also a racehorse trainer at College House, in Lambourn, from where she sent out The Schweppes Gold Trophy winner Ra Nova.
The Knowsley Estate, a diverse combination of agricultural and commercial investments, is one of Lord Derby’s major assets and is also renowned as the home of Knowsley Safari Park, one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations.
The Park was established by the previous Lord Derby in July 1971, although, The Estate has long cultivated a reputation for extraordinary wildlife. The 13th Earl of Derby, an eminent natural historian, established an aviary and a menagerie in the park which now houses one of the largest herds of African elephants in Europe.
In recent years, the main house at Knowsley Hall has undergone an extensive restoration process under the guidance of Lady Derby and makes an impressive venue for exclusive private and corporate fine dining events. The heritage and high quality service make it Liverpool’s only 5 Star accommodation and the country’s only 5 star stately home.
Lord Derby has been the Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside since 1999 and is involved with over 100 organisations in the North West.