Ken McCallum has been confirmed as the new Director General of MI5, replacing Sir Andrew Parker who is retiring in April 2020 following seven years in the role. McCallum is currently the Deputy Director General of the organisation, a role he has held since 2017, and in 2018 he took charge of the MI5 response to the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal. As the new Director General, McCallum is expected to be focused on the growing digital threat that the country faces.
Sir Mark Sedwill, the Cabinet Secretary, said in a statement:
“Ken McCallum’s expertise and leadership will be crucial to ensuring that the Security Service remains agile and creative in the face of new and emerging threats to our security. I know that he will be a fantastic Director General and I look forward to working with him. Ken will work closely with Sir Andrew Parker ahead of his retirement. I would like to thank Sir Andrew for his many years of distinguished leadership of the women and men of the Service, and his dedication to keeping our citizens safe and our country secure.”
McCallum said about his appointment:
“MI5’s purpose is hugely motivating. Our people – with our partners – strive to keep the country safe, and they always want to go the extra mile. Having devoted my working life to that team effort, it is a huge privilege now to be asked to lead it as Director General.”
Sir Andrew Parker, the current holder of the role, said:
“Ken will make an outstanding Director General. He’s the right person to take MI5 forward and is already leading work to shape the future of MI5. He brings a wealth of leadership and national security expertise to the role, which is all the more important today as MI5 and the country deals with the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic.”