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Sir John Scarlett

Former Head of British Intelligence

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Sir John Scarlett

Sir John Scarlett served as Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6) from 2004 to 2009. Sir John joined the SIS in 1971 and over the next 20 years served in Nairobi, Paris and twice in Moscow as well as several assignments in London covering the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. In early September 2001, he retired from SIS on appointment as Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) in the Cabinet Office. On the 1st of August 2004, Sir John rejoined SIS as its Chief. Sir John was educated at Epsom College and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was awarded First Class Honours in Modern History. Current roles include Senior Advisor at Morgan Stanley; Chairman of the Strategy Advisory Council at Equinor; Advisor to Swiss Re; Chairman of SC Strategy Ltd; Director of Times Newspaper Holdings; Vice Chairman at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and Co-Chair of the global Advisory Council at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC. Sir John is Chairman of the Bletchley Park Trust and a Trustee at the Royal Medical Foundation of Epsom College and the Friends of the French Institute in the United Kingdom. Sir John was appointed a member of the State Honours Committee by the Cabinet Office in 2017. Sir John was appointed OBE (Officer of the British Empire) in 1987, CMG (Commander of St Michael and St George) in 2001, KCMG in 2007 and Officier of the Legion D’Honneur in 2011.