Jonathan Evans, Baron Evans of Weardale
The Lord Evans of Weardale
|Alma mater||University of Bristol|
Jonathan Evans, Baron Evans of Weardale, KCB, DL (born 1958) was Director General of the British Security Service, the United Kingdom's domestic security and counter-intelligence service. He took over the role on the retirement of his predecessor Eliza Manningham-Buller (later, The Baroness Manningham-Buller DCB) on 21 April 2007. Evans was succeeded by Andrew Parker on 22 April 2013.
In 1985 he moved to the protective security function, dealing with internal and personnel security, before switching to domestic counter-terrorism in the late 1980s. For more than a decade he was involved with the effort to combat the domestic threat of groups such as the Provisional IRA during The Troubles.
In 1999, with the violence in Northern Ireland greatly reduced due to the Good Friday Agreement, Evans moved to G-Branch, the section of MI5 which deals with international terrorism. There he became an expert on al-Qaeda and other branches of Islamic terrorism. He rose to head the section in 2001 (only a few days before the September 11, 2001 attacks), a position which put him on the service's board of management. In 2005, he became Deputy Director General before being promoted to head the organisation in 2007.
In November 2007, Evans talked publicly about the threat the UK faces from digital espionage. He spoke at RUSI on National Security in February 2008. He has a Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.
In July 2010, the government revealed Evans received an annual salary of £159,999.
In January 2012, the Daily Mail newspaper alleged that Evans had been leading a "lobbying campaign" to allow the use of secret evidence in court, and give government ministers "sweeping powers" to withhold evidence they deem 'sensitive' from civil court hearings and inquests.
After retiring as Director General, Evans joined the Board of HSBC Holdings as a Non-Executive Director. He is also a non-executive director of Ark Data Centres, a senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and an Honorary Professor at the University of St Andrews. From 2014 to 2015 he was a non-executive director of the National Crime Agency. He has written occasionally in the Sunday Times on classic cars.
On 21 October 2014, it was announced that he was to become a Crossbench life peer, having been nominated personally by the Prime Minister. He was created Baron Evans of Weardale, of Toys Hill in the County of Kent, on 3 December 2014. In January 2015 he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent. and on 1 November 2018 he was appointed Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life for a 5-year term.
In December 2018, following controversy about his paid business portfolio in light of his appointment to the Committee, it was announced that he would step down from his position as a Non-Executive Director with HSBC Holdings in early 2019.
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Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller
| Director General of MI5