Press release

Joint Intelligence Committee Chair appointed: Charles Farr

Charles Farr has been appointed Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC).


The Prime Minister has appointed Charles Farr as the new Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee. Charles replaces Jon Day, who retires at the end of November.

Charles joins the Cabinet Office from the Home Office, where he has been Director General of the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism for the past 8 years.

The Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood said:

I am delighted that Charles will be joining the Cabinet Office to lead the Joint Intelligence Organisation. Charles brings with him a wealth of experience in intelligence, security and counter-terrorism matters and I am very much looking forward to working with him in this role.

I would also like to record my thanks to Jon Day for all he has done over a long career in public service and I wish him a happy retirement.

On his appointment, Charles Farr said:

I am very pleased to be taking over as Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee. The range and complexity of national security issues facing the country makes this a challenging time to take on this role. I am determined that the JIC, the Joint Intelligence Organisation and the wider assessments community should continue to provide outstanding support to the Prime Minister, National Security Council and wider government.

Jon Day said:

I am honoured to have chaired the JIC and to have led its vital role in the UK’s security and defence during this demanding period, and very proud of what we have achieved in support of the Prime Minister, the National Security Council, and wider government. Working with dedicated, committed and skilled people has been a privilege throughout my Civil Service career and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues, especially those in the JIC, the highly professional Joint Intelligence Organisation and the wider intelligence community.

Notes to editors

Charles Farr took up his post as Director General of the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism in July 2007. He joined the diplomatic service in 1985 and has enjoyed a distinguished career, during which he has served at a number of British embassies and has held a number of senior posts in Whitehall dealing with security and counter-terrorism.

Jon Day joined the Civil Service in 1979 and, over a distinguished career, served in a number of departments, including as Second Permanent Secretary and Director General Security Policy in the Ministry of Defence, and in NATO.

Published 23 November 2015