Educated at Leighton Park School and Lincoln College, Oxford, Adye joined GCHQ in the mid-1960s becoming Director in 1989. He then served until 2002 as the chair of the Country Houses Association. In 2005 he was appointed to the board of the US National Biometric Security Project.
Adye was a witness in February 2008 at the inquest into the death of Diana Princess of Wales: in an unprecedented move (normal policy is neither to confirm nor deny operational activities), he strenuously denied that GCHQ had any involvement in either the Camillagate or Squidgygate tapes.
Sir Peter Marychurch
|Director of GCHQ
1989 - 1996
Sir David Omand
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