David Spedding

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David Spedding
Born 7 March 1943
Died 13 June 2001(2001-06-13) (aged 58)
Nationality British
Alma mater Hertford College, Oxford
Occupation Intelligence officer
Spouse(s) Gillian Kinnear
Children Two sons
Spying career
Service Secret Intelligence Service
Active 1967–1999
Rank Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service

Sir David Rolland Spedding KCMG CVO OBE (7 March 1943 – 13 June 2001) was Head of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) from 1994 to 1999.


Spedding was educated at Sherborne School and read history at Hertford College, Oxford.[1] He joined the Secret Intelligence Service in 1967 and then attended the Middle East Center for Arabic Studies in Beirut becoming a specialist on Middle East affairs.[1] He also served in Santiago and Abu Dhabi.[2] In 1993, he became Director of Requirements and Operations and in 1994 he became Chief of the Service.[1]

Sir David Spedding died of lung cancer on 13 June 2001, aged 58.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Obituary: Sir David Spedding Guardian, 14 June 2001
  2. ^ Obituary: Sir David Spedding Daily Telegraph, 14 June 2001

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Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Colin McColl
Chief of the SIS
1994 - 1999
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Dearlove