Baroness Manningham-Buller LG, DCB

Former Head of MI5

Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller is a former security expert who was Director General of M15 from 2002 until her retirement in 2007.

She worked as a teacher for three years at Queen’s Gate School, Kensington, London from 1971 until 1974, having read English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, before joining the British Security Service.

Specializing in counter-terrorism rather than MI5’s then-classical counter-espionage, she was active at the time of the Lockerbie bombing by Libya in 1988.

Having been promoted to the Management Board of the Security Service the next year in 1993, Baroness Manningham-Buller became the director in charge of surveillance and technical operations. She was appointed Deputy Director General in 1997, and succeeded Sir Stephen Lander as Director General in 2002, the second woman to take on the role after Dame Stella Rimington.

She has been credited with making the agency more open: she established a website and recruited agents through newspaper advertisements. Under her direction, terror risk assessments were made public for the first time.

Baroness Manningham-Buller was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath (DCB) in 2005. She retired from MI5 on 21 April 2007, and was succeeded by her deputy, Jonathan Evans. That month marked the end of her 33rd year in the Security Service.

In her work as an after dinner speaker Baroness Manningham-Buller addresses issues of British security and global politics as well as discussing the importance of leadership and teamwork skills in what is arguably the most high pressure job in the UK. Her work as a leadership speaker translates across any profession and draws on her experience in the most demanding of environments.

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IPD Global

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DLA Pipe

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  • Leadership under Pressure
  • Global Politics & Security

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