Reid, with Blair’s agreement, appoints new head of MI5

Thought this might be of interest to some people [*ahem* – Ed] Home Secretary John Reid has appointed Jonathan Evans as the new head of MI5, to take over from Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller in April. He is currently the deputy director-general of the Security Service and had been identified as the favourite to take the role back in January. The PA report in the Guardian gives us a potted history of his career.. which included some locally relevant activity in the late 1980s and 90s.. just saying, that’s all.. Adds More detailFrom the Guardian

Mr Evans, a classics graduate from Bristol University, joined the Security Service in 1980, working on counter-espionage investigations.

He moved in 1985 to protective security policy, advising departmental security officers on the protection of classified information.

He then worked on implementing policy changes as part of Sir Anthony Duff’s modernisation of the service.

Since then, his main focus has been counter-terrorism, both international and domestic. In the late 1980s and 1990s he spearheaded the fight against Irish republican terrorism.

Since 1999, he has been directly involved in combating the threat from Islamic extremism and international terrorism.

In 2001 he was appointed to the Security Service’s management board as director of international counter-terrorism – 10 days before the 9/11 attacks.

He became deputy director general of MI5 in 2005.

Adds A little more detail from the MI5 statement

Various postings in Irish-related counter terrorism during the late 1980s and 1990s were interspersed with a spell as head of the Security Service’s secretariat, and also two years attached to the Home Office. During this secondment, Jonathan was closely involved in the development and implementation of VIP security policy.