Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee and Prime Minister’s Special Representative for the Afghan Transition

Sir Simon Gass

Biography

Sir Simon Gass has been the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for the Afghan Transition since August 2021. He has also been the Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee since June 2019.

Previously, he was the Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies.

Sir Simon was the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Political Director from 2012 to 2015, where he was responsible for policy on the Middle East, Russia, Africa, South and Central Asia, the United Nations and other international institutions.

Before that he held a range of policy and senior management posts within the FCO, including NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan and British Ambassador to Iran and Greece.

Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee

The Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) is a cross-government committee, based at the Cabinet Office, providing ministers and senior officials with co-ordinated inter-departmental intelligence assessments, primarily about security, defence and foreign affairs. It supports the National Security Council.

The Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee is responsible to the Prime Minister for supervising the work of the JIC. The Chair is the head of the Joint Intelligence Organisation, which includes the Assessments Staff, a team of analysts responsible for drafting all-source intelligence assessments, and Professional Head of Intelligence Assessment.

Cabinet Office and National security and intelligence

Prime Minister’s Special Representative for the Afghan Transition

The Prime Minister’s Special Representative for the Afghan Transition leads the UK government’s work on the safe passage out of Afghanistan for British nationals, and for those Afghans who have worked with us over the past 20 years.

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Previous roles in government

  • Director General, Political