The Right Honourable Theresa Villiers MP is the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
Unless I am mistaken, the family pronounces their name as in "Villerz".
Theresa Anne Villiers, born in 1968, is MP for Chipping Barnet. She was appointed as a Privy Counsellor in 2010.
Mrs Villiers was born in London, the daughter of George Edward Villiers and Anne Virginia (née Threlfall).
On her father's side she is a descendant of the Hon Edward Ernest Villiers, brother of George, 4th Earl of Clarendon, Charles Pelham Villiers and Henry Villiers.
She is also a distant relative of the actor James Villiers.
Growing up in north London, she was educated at the independent Francis Holland School; gained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree with first class honours in 1990 from the University of Bristol, and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) from Jesus College, Oxford, in 1991.
After graduating she worked as a barrister and as a lecturer at King's College London (1994–99); married fellow lawyer Sean Wilken in 1997; and the couple wrote an academic legal book. They have since divorced.