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Dr. John Reid, the Home Secretary, has announced that Jonathan Evans will become the Security Service's new Director General. He will succeed Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller on 21 April 2007 as the Service's sixteenth Director General.

Jonathan Evans
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Since 2005 Jonathan Evans has served as the Security Service's Deputy Director General. Prior to that, the main focus of his work has been on counter-terrorism, both domestic and international. He served as the head of international counter-terrorism investigations from 1999 to 2001, and was appointed director of international counter-terrorism only ten days before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. Since then he has played a leading role in tackling the threat of al Qaida and related terrorist networks.

For further information on Jonathan Evans, see his full biographical note below.

Jonathan Evans - Biographical Note

Jonathan Evans graduated from Bristol University, where he gained a degree in Classical Studies. On joining the Security Service in 1980 he worked on counter-espionage investigations, before moving in 1985 to protective security policy, advising departmental security officers on the protection of classified information. Jonathan then worked on implementing policy changes as part of Sir Anthony Duff's modernisation of the Service.

Since then, Jonathan's main focus has been counter terrorism, both international and domestic. Various postings in Irish-related counter terrorism during the late 1980s and 1990s were interspersed with a spell as head of the Security Service's secretariat, and also two years attached to the Home Office. During this secondment, Jonathan was closely involved in the development and implementation of VIP security policy.

From 1999 onwards, Jonathan has been directly involved in countering the threat from international terrorism. In 2001 he was appointed to the Security Service's Management Board as Director of international counter terrorism - ten days before the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre. He became Deputy Director General to Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller in 2005 and will succeed her as Director General in April 2007.

Jonathan has a Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors and is 49 years old.

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