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Former head of MI5 to speak about counter-terrorism

Published: 25 February 2020 at 09:11

Lord Evans

Lord Evans to provide insight on how police and intelligence services work together

The former director general of MI5 will provide insight into how police and intelligence services work together to counter the modern terrorist threat, during a free public lecture at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Chelmsford.

Lord Evans of Weardale will speak about the arrangements for co-operation between agencies in the UK.

He will talk about the background to current arrangements, many of which he personally oversaw, and what more can be done to prevent modern terrorist attacks.

Nick Alston, chair of the Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER) at ARU, said:

“The arrangements for cooperation between the intelligence services and the police in the UK are widely regarded as some of the best in the world. 

“However the recent attacks in London, one of which had a direct impact on our own university with the tragic murder of one of our former Criminology students Saskia Jones, show how difficult countering the terrorist threat is. 

“Lord Evans has spoken of the need for the UK to persevere in its work to counter the intergenerational problem of terrorism for a further 20 years. This topic could not be more timely, important and relevant. We might reasonably ask, what more, if anything, can be done?”


Jonathan Evans served as director general of MI5 from 2007 until his retirement in 2013. The following year he was appointed Baron Evans of Weardale, as a cross bencher to the House of Lords. His current role is Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life,

The PIER public lecturer will be held at ARU’s Chelmsford campus on Wednesday, 26 February, starting at 5.30pm. It is free to attend, but tickets must be booked in advance.