Lord Jonathan Evans

Director-General Of The British Security Service

A figure held in the highest esteem, the former Director-General of the British Security Service, Lord Jonathan Evans is one of the most revered and celebrated speakers on the after dinner speaking circuit. A man at the helm of British Security that was tasked to combat terrorism both internationally and domestically, the simply incredible Lord Evans has dealt with the most prominent issues the world has faced and consistently succeed under tremendous pressure with millions of lives at stake. A Cross Bench life peer, after a personal nomination by the Prime Minister for his public service and created Baron Evans of Weardale, Evans’ many accolades and honours are a testament to an inspiring person that did so much for not only his country but also for the world. With a career that ranges from combating Al-Qaeda to also becoming a Director figure within a host of world renowned organisations, hiring Lord Jonathan Evans to speak at your event will be a decision you certainly do not live to regret!

Educated at Sevenoaks School before graduating from Bristol University where he read classical studies, Evans joined the Security Service in 1980 and initially worked in counter-espionage. Making a transition to protective security function just 5 years later, Lord Evans was tasked with dealing with internal and personnel security, before switching to domestic counter-terrorism in the late 1980s. For over a decade Lord Evans was at the forefront of the efforts to combat the domestic threat of groups such as the Provisional IRA during The Troubles.

With the violence in Northern Ireland greatly reduced in 1999 due to the Good Friday Agreement, Lords Evans moved to G-Branch, the section of MI5 which deals with international terrorism. There he became an expert on al-Qaeda and other branches of Islamic terrorism. Evans’ incredible ability and obvious prowess with the field led him to rise to the of head the section in 2001 (only just over a week before the 9/11 attacks), a position which put him on the service’s board of management. In 2005, he became Deputy Director-General before being promoted to head the organisation in 2007.

Speaking publicly about the threat the UK faces from digital espionage in 2007, Lord Jonathan Evans also spoke at RUSI on National Security in February 2008 showcasing his stature as a figure at the very forefront on British Intelligence and Security that could be tasked with engagements of the highest importance and sensibility. Also certificated in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors, something he would later go on to use to great effect, in September 2010, Evans said that Anwar al-Awlaki was the West’s Public Enemy No 1, this drew huge attention at the time and is something Lord Evans speaks about in greater depth throughout his presentations. Eventually appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to defence, Lord Jonathan Evans was recognised for the sheer magnitude and importance of his work.

Following his retirement as Director General, Evans joined the Board of HSBC Holdings as a Non-Executive Director. He is also a non-executive director of Ark Data Centres, a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and an Honorary Professor at the University of St Andrews. From 2014 to 2015 he was a non-executive director of the National Crime Agency. He has written occasionally in The Sunday Times on classic cars.

Appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent, Lord Jonathan Evans is an inspiring figure that has reached the summit of greatness within his field. A reliable and consistent performer that has been at the forefront of terrorism, security and intelligence as well as holding roles in directorship, Evans really has done it all giving him a plethora of tales and anecdotes to share with his guests that are captivating, informative and entertaining ensuring he captures his audience through charisma and knowhow. A personality that can instil world class behaviour, tools and tactics into any individual or organisation, the inspiring Lord Jonathan Evans truly is one of a kind and will deliver a breath-taking performance at any event when hired through the Champions Speakers agency.

To book Jonathan Evans as the leadership speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Lord Jonathan is known to cover the following topics:

  • Security Service
  • MI5 & National Security
  • Technology & Cybersecurity
  • Peak Performance
  • Drive & Determination