MI5 - Security Service

Director General

Andrew Parker is the current Director General of the Security Service. He is the seventeenth person to have held that post since it was created in 1909. 

Andrew Parker, Director General of the Security Service

Andrew Parker is a career MI5 officer with some 30 years of professional experience in a wide range of national security and intelligence work, including in the fields of Middle East terrorism, counter espionage, Northern Ireland terrorism, serious and organised crime, protective security, policy and strategic planning. He also completed a liaison posting in the United States in 1991.

He spent three years on secondment to HM Customs & Excise as Director Intelligence before returning to the Service in 2002 to join the Board as Director for Northern Ireland terrorism, Protective Security & Serious Crime. He was appointed Director International Terrorism in February 2005. Andrew led the Service's response to the 2005 terrorist attacks in London overseeing the significant expansion in counter terrorism capability and the development of the Service's regional network. In 2006, his teams played the lead role in the disruption of Al Qaida's attempt to attack multiple airliners with bombs hidden in drinks bottles.

Andrew was appointed Deputy Director General of the Security Service in April 2007. As such, Andrew has been responsible for leading all the Service's investigative and operational work. He succeeded Sir Jonathan Evans as Director General in April 2013.

Andrew (born 1962) holds a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, and is married with two children. He enjoys the outdoors and is a keen ornithologist and wildlife photographer.

Key points

  • Worked for the Security Service for more than 30 years.
  • Wide range of national security and intelligence work
  • Joined the Service's Management Board in 2002.
  • Appointed Director International Terrorism in 2005.
  • Appointed Deputy Director General in 2007.
  • Appointed Director General in 2013.

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