Dame Stella Rimmington
Dame Stella Rimington was formerly Director General of the Security Service (MI5). She is invited to speak at a wide range of events as an after dinner speaker or conference speaker. Her audiences include corporate clients, business professionals, public and private sectors, trades associations and schools. Her straightforward approach and friendly manner are combined with an informed and intelligent view. She tailors her speech and is happy to take questions.
Dame Stella was born in 1935 and educated at Nottingham High School for Girls and Edinburgh University. After gaining a postgraduate diploma in the Study of Records and the Administration of Archives at Liverpool University, she worked in the Worcester County Record Office and the India Office Library, London. In 1965 she accompanied her husband on a posting to the British High Commission in New Delhi. While in India, she worked part-time for the Security Service, which at that time had an office in New Delhi.
Returning to the UK in 1969, she joined the Security Service as a full-time employee. She worked in all the main fields of the Service's responsibilities - counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism - becoming successively Director of all three branches. She was appointed Director General of MI5 in 1992, the first woman to take the post and the first Director General to be publicly named. She retired in April 1996.
Stella Rimington was made a Dame Commander of the Bath in the 1996 New Year Honours List. Dame Stella has received honorary degrees from Nottingham and Exeter Universities. Edinburgh University elected her Alumna of the Year in 1994.
SPEAKING TOPICS – Women in Business, Leadership & Risk