Lord Jonathan Evans of Weardale

Lord Evans of Weardale is a cross-bench member of the House of Lords.   He was formerly the Director General of the Security Service and was the sixteenth person to have held the post since it was created in 1909.

Lord Evans graduated from Bristol University, where he gained a degree in Classical Studies. He joined the Security Service in 1980 and he first worked on counter-espionage investigations. In 1985, he moved to protective security policy and advised other Government departments on the protection of classified information. Jonathan 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. During the late 1980s and 1990s, he had various postings in Irish-related counter terrorism. He also had a spell as head of the Security Service's secretariat and two years in the Home Office. During this secondment, Lord Evans was closely involved in the development and implementation of VIP security policy.

From 1999 onwards, he has been directly involved in countering the threat from international terrorism. In 2001, he was appointed to the Security Service's Management Board as Director of international counter terrorism - ten days before the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre. He became Deputy Director General to Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller in 2005. He succeeded her as Director General in April 2007.