Stephen Lander

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Sir Stephen Lander
Allegiance United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Service MI5
Active 1975–2002
Rank Director-General of MI5
Award(s) KCB

Born 1947
Nationality British
Occupation Intelligence officer, Academic
Alma mater University of Cambridge

Sir Stephen James Lander, KCB (born 1947) is a former chairman of the United Kingdom's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), who also served as Director-General of the British Security Service (MI5) from 1996 to 2002.


Lander attended Bishop's Stortford College and Queens' College, Cambridge, where he earned a doctorate in history entitled The diocese of Chichester 1508–1558 : Episcopal reform under Robert Sherburne and its aftermath. In 1975, after three years at the Institute of Historical Research (part of the University of London) where he was assistant editor of the Victoria History of Cheshire, and serving as an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Liverpool, he joined MI5.[1] He was Director-General of MI5 from 1996 to 2002.[2]

In April 2006 he was appointed chairman of Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).[3] He retired from that post in 2009.[4]


  1. ^ The Security Service
  2. ^ The Defence of the Realm, by Christopher Andrew, Page 560, Published by Allen Lane, 2009, ISBN 978-0-7139-9885-6
  3. ^ "'British FBI' to have new powers". BBC. 11 January 2006. 
  4. ^ MoD Civil Servant appointed Head of SOCA Daily Telegraph, 8 July 2009
Government offices
Preceded by
Dame Stella Rimington
Director General of MI5
Succeeded by
Eliza Manningham-Buller