Andrew Parker (MI5 officer)

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Andrew Parker
Allegiance Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Service Security Service
Active 1983–present
Rank Director General

Born 1962
Nationality British
Children 2
Occupation Intelligence officer
Alma mater University of Cambridge

Andrew Parker (born 1962) is the Director-General of the British Security Service, the United Kingdom's domestic security and counter-intelligence service.


Parker was educated at Churchill College, Cambridge where he studied natural sciences.[1] He joined the Security Service in 1983.[2] He was seconded to HM Customs and Excise as Director Intelligence in 1999 before becoming Director, International Terrorism at the Security Service in February 2005.[3] After leading the Security Service's response to the 7 July 2005 London bombings and the 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot, he became Deputy Director-General in 2007.[2]

Parker went on to become Director-General of the Service in April 2013. As of 2015, Parker was paid a salary of between £165,000 and £169,999 by the department, making him one of the 328 most highly paid people in the British public sector at that time.[4]


  1. ^ "Meet the real-life spymaster: Andrew Parker announced as new director general of MI5". The Independent. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Andrew Parker named as new head of MI5". BBC. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Director General". MI5. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Senior officials 'high earners' salaries as at 30 September 2015 - GOV.UK". 2015-12-17. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Jonathan Evans
Director General of MI5
Succeeded by