Dame Stella Rimington, former Director-General of MI5, will deliver Newnham College’s Jane Harrison Memorial Lecture on Friday, 25 May.
Dame Stella joined MI5 as a clerk and typist. She left 30 years later as Director-General."
During the more than 100 years of its existence, MI5 has adapted its role and character to cope with changing threats to national security.
As well as discussing the serious issues, Dame Stella will take a wry look at these changes from her own viewpoint. She joined MI5 in the late-1960s as a clerk and typist when very little was known publicly about British intelligence, then a male-dominated environment that recruited by covert means. She left 30 years later as Director-General, when the names of the heads of the intelligence services were announced, they gave public speeches, recruitment was by advertisement and women were working in all roles.