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Dame Stella Rimington

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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
• Counter-Terrorism
• Current Affairs
• Women in Work


Political & Brexit & Economy
Women in Business