25 Feb. 1999
SECRET INTELLIGENCE SERVICE
Foreign Secretary Robin Cook today announced the appointment of Richard Dearlove OBE as Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service in succession to Sir David Spedding, who is retiring from the Service. Mr Dearlove takes up his appointment on 1 September 1999.
Full Name: Richard Billing Dearlove
Date of Birth: 23 January 1945 (Cornwall)
Marital Status: Married
Children: 2 sons (1970, 1978); 1 daughter (1972)
Education: Monkton Combe School; Kent School, Connecticut, USA; Queens' College, Cambridge
Joined SIS in 1966. Postings in Nairobi, Prague and Paris. After a period in personnel work in London, he was posted to Geneva and then Washington. Mr Dearlove's broad-ranging operational career has given him particular experience of working closely with national and international intelligence, security and law enforcement agencies. In 1993 he became Director of Personnel and Administration. Since 1994 he has been Director of Operations. In 1998 Mr Dearlove became (additionally) Assistant Chief of SIS. He was awarded the OBE in 1984.
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