The Lord Evans of Weardale KCB DL

Distinguished Fellow


The Lord Evans of Weardale KCB DL was director general of the British Security Service (MI5) from 2007-13. As head of MI5 he was one of the British Government's principal advisors on national security threats including terrorism, cyber security and espionage and was a member of the prime minister's National Security Council. He also led MI5's work to ensure the safety and security of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

In the course of a long and varied career in MI5 Jonathan worked as both an investigator and an operational officer on a variety of national security threats, specialising in counter-terrorism. He became the director responsible for MI5's International Counter-Terrorism work on 1 September 2001, ten days before 9/11.

Jonathan will shortly be joining the Board of HSBC Holdings. He has a Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors, an Honorary Doctorate from Bristol University and is a Freeman on the City of London.

He writes an occasional series for the Sunday Times on classic cars.

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RUSI State Threats Taskforce (STT)

RUSI’s State Threats Taskforce (STT) aims to support the UK and its partners in detecting, understanding, attributing and responding to the spectrum of complex state threats currently facing democracies.

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