David Spedding

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David Spedding
Allegiance United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Service Secret Intelligence Service (SIS/MI6)
Active 1967 - 1999
Rank Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service
Award(s) KCMG, CVO, OBE

Born 7 March 1943
Died 13 June 2001(2001-06-13) (aged 58)
Nationality British
Spouse Gillian Kinnear
Children Two sons
Occupation Intelligence officer
Alma mater Hertford College, Oxford

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. ^ a b c 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