Alex Younger is the Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (known as MI6). He was appointed in November 2014. He is a career MI6 officer and has been in the service since 1991.
Alex has had overseas postings in Europe and the Middle East and was the senior MI6 officer in Afghanistan.
He has held several operational roles in London, including leading MI6 work on counter terrorism in the 3 years running up to the London 2012 Olympics.
Early career and education
Before joining MI6, Alex was an officer in the British Army. He studied economics at university.
Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS)
The Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (known as MI6) is the only serving member of the service who is officially named in public.
The role is appointed by and accountable to the Foreign Secretary.
The Chief is responsible for the control of MI6 operations and for the efficiency of the service. The role holder makes an annual report on the work of MI6 to the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary.