A hugely impressive operator and leader, respected throughout the agencies, and an inspirational example of the strengths of a diversified workforce.
We have many advantages over some of the world's bad actors, but our belief in the right people remains top for me.
Anne Keast-Butler to become first female director of GCHQ Foreign secretary James Cleverly names new leader of UK intelligence agency Anne Keast-Butler has been announced as the new director of GCHQ, becoming the first woman to lead the UK’s intelligence, cyber and security agency. Currently serving as the deputy director of MI5, she succeeds Sir Jeremy Fleming in a scheduled change at a time when the intelligence services are heavily focused on the security threat from Russia and China. At MI5, sometimes described as the UK’s “domestic” intelligence service, she has been the director general responsible for operational, investigative and protective security work, which included preparation for and the response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.