Colin McColl

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Colin McColl
Allegiance United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Service Secret Intelligence Service (SIS/MI6)
Active 1950–1994
Rank Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service
Award(s) KCMG

Born (1932-09-06) 6 September 1932 (age 84)
Nationality British
Occupation Intelligence officer, Diplomat
Alma mater Queen's College, Oxford

Sir Colin Hugh Verel McColl, KCMG (born 6 September 1932) was Head of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) from 1989 to 1994.


Educated at Shrewsbury School and at Queen's College, Oxford,[1] McColl joined the diplomatic service in 1950.[2] He served in Laos, Vietnam, Warsaw and Geneva[2] before he was appointed Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service in 1989.[3]

In retirement he was a Director of the Scottish American Investment Company.[4]

He is an Honorary Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford.[1]


Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Christopher Curwen
Chief of the SIS
Succeeded by
Sir David Spedding