Dame Stella Rimmington

Wednesday 31st January at 7pm

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We are delighted to welcome Dame Stella Rimington to speak about her extraordinary life and career.

Former Director of the Security Services (MI5), Dame Stella Rimington reached the pinnacle of a male dominated world. Between 1969 and 1990, Rimington worked in all three branches of the Security Service (counter espionage, counter subversion and counter terrorism) before being appointed Director General - the first woman to hold the post and the first Director General to be publicly named. Under her management, the Service took on the lead role in the fight against Irish republican terrorism. She also pursued a policy of greater openness and transparency for MI5, giving the 1994 Dimbleby Lecture on BBC TV and several other public lectures as well as publishing a booklet about the Service. 

Stella Rimington retired from MI5 in 1996, when she was made Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath (DCB) in the New Year Honours List. She has since been a Non-Executive Director of several companies, including Marks & Spencer, was previously Chairman of the Institute of Cancer Research and Trustee of the Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Trust, and is Governor of a prep school in Norwich. Dame Rimington is also a GDST alumna – she attended Nottingham High School for Girls before reading English at the University of Edinburgh – and has received honorary degrees from Nottingham, Exeter and London Metropolitan Universities.

Her autobiography, Open Secret, was published in 2001 and she has since brought her knowledge of spy operations to the thriller genre, publishing countless bestsellers. In 2011, she was also invited to sit on the chair for the Man Booker Prize.

This event is free to attend and open to all pupils, parents, friends and alumnae. However, please ensure that you register so we are aware of numbers and can cater for accordingly.

The talk will take place at 7:15pm at South Hampstead Senior School, followed by a Q&A. Refreshments will be available from 7pm. Please note that you will not be issued with an actual ticket; those registered simply need to sign in at reception on arrival.

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