Andrew Parker (MI5 officer)

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Andrew Parker
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
OccupationIntelligence officer
Spying career
AllegianceFlag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
ServiceSecurity Service
RankDirector General

Andrew Parker (born 1962) is the Director General of MI5, the Security Service, which is the United Kingdom's domestic security and counter-intelligence agency.


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