The professional diplomat Richard Moore, who was trained in Oxford, has taken over "C" – the new director of MI6.
The 57-year-old Moore joined MI6 in 1987, just four years before the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. There, according to his official profile, he took on "a number of functions across the service both in the UK and overseas".
He is currently Director General for Political Affairs at the Federal Foreign Office.
A savvy spy and highly regarded across the UK intelligence community, Moore worked in various high-level diplomatic and security roles before winning the top MI6 job, which he will take over from Alex Younger in the fall.
Richard Moore (picture above), Director General for Political Affairs at the Federal Foreign Office, will take over his role as MI6 boss in autumn and replace the current boss Alex Younger
Moore has often shared photos of him and his wife Maggie (pictured) on social media. You have been married since 1985
The next head of the secret service said, "I am pleased and honored to be asked to return to run my service.
& # 39; SIS, with MI5 and GCHQ, plays an important role in the security of the British and in promoting the interests of the United Kingdom overseas.
"I look forward to continuing this work with the courageous and committed team at SIS."
Moore's short official biography states that he was born in Libya and is married with two children.
It says: "Outside of work, Richard is interested in golf and cricket and rugby," says the biography. He speaks Turkish fluently. & # 39;
He was educated at St. George & # 39; s College in Surrey – a Roman Catholic school – before studying philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University.
Moore's short official biography states that he was born in Libya and is married (pictured with Mrs. Maggie) and has two children
We studied at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government on a scholarship for British graduates in the UK.
Moore has often shared photos of him and his wife Maggie on social media. You have been married since 1985.
Ms. Moore – who is visually impaired – was part of the inspiration for the first partnership with guide dogs in Turkey.
She told the local media: “Having a guide dog by your side is more than a pet.
"You are a work team, but Star is also my companion, my buddy.
"It is very important for me to be independent, especially when I want to go out alone."
At the age of ten, she lost about 90 percent of her eyesight due to adolescent macular degeneration – a term that refers to several inherited and rare diseases.
He appears to be the first MI6 boss with an active Twitter account.
The outgoing MI6 boss Younger said: “I am pleased about this appointment. Richard is a highly qualified intelligence officer and we look forward to welcoming him back on duty. & # 39;
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said on Wednesday: “He is returning to SIS with tremendous experience and will oversee the work of a group of men and women whose tireless efforts are rarely seen in public, but which are vital to Britain's security and prosperity are. & # 39;
Outgoing MI6 chief Sir Alex Younger, as pictured above, said he was "pleased" with the appointment and added, "Richard is a highly skilled intelligence officer."
MI6, portrayed by writers as employers of some of the most memorable fictional spies, from John le Carré's George Smiley to Ian Fleming's James Bond, works abroad to defend Britain and its interests.
The current SIS chief Younger has been in office since November 2014.
Younger's predecessors, Sir John Sawers, Sir John Scarlett and Sir Richard Dearlove, all left the role within five years – but Younger stayed longer than usual to provide stability through the political turmoil of the Brexit negotiations.
Younger identified cyber security as a top priority for Britain during his tenure and described the Internet as an "existential threat" to intelligence work in a rare public address in 2016.
He has also raised concerns about the security of Chinese private telecommunications giant Huawei, which the UK decided this month to shut down its 5G network.
Mr. Raab said Younger had "carefully and effectively managed the service in a time of increasing and varied threats."
Other possible candidates for one of the top jobs in Western intelligence were Karen Pierce, the British Ambassador to the United States, and Tom Hurd, a Home Office security officer.
Moore was appointed to his current position at the Federal Foreign Office in April 2018 after serving as British Ambassador to Turkey between 2014 and 2017.
A general view of the MI6 building in Vauxhall, London. The Secret Intelligence Service operates overseas and has the task of defending Great Britain and its interests (file photo).
Previously, he was Director for Europe, Latin America and Globalization between 2010 and 2012 and Director for Programs and Changes between 2008 and 2010. He previously worked in Vietnam, Turkey, Pakistan and Malaysia.
Born in Libya, Moore attended Oxford University to study for a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and took part in the Stanford Executive Program in 2007.
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