Director General of the Security Service (MI5)

Andrew Parker



Andrew Parker is the Director General of the Security Service (known as MI5).


Andrew was appointed Deputy Director General of the Security Service in April 2007.

From 2005 to 2007, Andrew was appointed Director, International Terrorism. Andrew led MI5’s response to the 2005 terrorist attacks in London, the expansion of counter terrorism capability and the development of MI5’s regional network.

In 2006, his teams played the lead role in the disruption of al-Qa’ida’s attempt to attack airliners with bombs hidden in drinks bottles.

From 1999 to 2002, Andrew was on secondment to HM Customs and Excise as Director of Intelligence before returning to the Service in to join the Board as Director for Northern Ireland terrorism, Protective Security and Serious Crime.

Personal life

Andrew was born in 1962 and is married with two children. He enjoys the outdoors and is a keen ornithologist and wildlife photographer. He has a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.

Director General of the Security Service (MI5)

The Director General leads the Security Service (known as MI5) and is responsible for:

The Director General is also responsible for making sure that MI5:

  • is politically impartial
  • gets hold of and releases information only in accordance with statutory responsibilities and to prevent or detect serious crime
  • uses methods of investigation which are proportionate to the threat and properly authorised