Dame Stella Rimington
Former Head of MI5 & Keynote Speaker
Dame Stella Rimington was the first woman to become Director General of MI5 in 1992 and is a successful author and business and keynote speaker.
Dame Stella has worked in all the main fields of the Service’s responsibilities – counter-subversion, counter-espionage, and counter-terrorism, before becoming the Director-General.
She retired from the role in 1996 and became a Dame Commander in the same year in the New Year Honours List.
Since then she has been a Non-Executive Director of Marks & Spencer Plc and BG Group Plc, an Associate Director of CPS, she was previously Chairman of the Institute of Cancer Research and Trustee of the Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Trust.
She is also known worldwide as an author but also as the inspiration for the character “M” played by Dame Judi Dench in the James Bond 007 films.
Dame Stella as an author has written ten fictional novels and one autobiography – Open Secret in 2001. He most recent book was published in 2018 called the Moscow Sleepers.
Dame Stella Rimington is invited to speak about her career and life at national and international events. Her speaking topics include-
• Security & Risk
• Leadership & Change
• Current Affairs
• Women in Work
“She was fantastic, everyone loved her, and she was such a great addition to the event. Please pass on how much of a pleasure it was for us to have her attend. So interesting, such an amazing life, we enjoyed having her speak.”
— Katie, Refinitiv
"On behalf of White & Case, I would like to thank you so much for a wonderfully entertaining evening. You covered so much - not just your own fascinating career, but also 50 years of political and social history in the UK. The changing role of well-educated women in that period is something you don't appreciate until you hear someone with your perspective. I was very sad I didn't have my16-year-old daughter in the room to hear it from you first hand. There was a mix of senior lawyers and senior clients (from banks and corporates) in the room, and we have received fantastic feedback."
— Partner, White & Case LLP, London
"Dame Stella was absolutely excellent - our audience were spellbound. She was an excellent choice, and we would highly recommend her. Excellent support from DBA Speakers, going the extra mile."
— Optimum Events for iTelligence Business Solutions
"Dame Stella was superb. Excellent feedback. Delegates thought she was excellent. An absolute pleasure to have her at our event."
— PMK BNC for Microsoft