WACL Speaker Dinner, Tuesday 18th October 2005
Eliza Manningham-Buller was educated at Northampton High School and Benenden School, and read English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She worked for three years as a teacher before joining the Security Service in 1974.
The main focus of her work has been counter-terrorism, both international and domestic. She led the section responsible for international counter-terrorism at a time when its work was dominated by the Lockerbie investigation. She was later posted to Washington as a senior liaison officer to the US intelligence community, a period that coincided with the first Gulf War. On her return to the UK in 1992, Eliza led a newly created Irish counter-terrorist section, formed in response to the Government's decision to give the Security Service lead responsibility for intelligence work against Irish terrorism on the British mainland.
Promoted to the Security Service's Management Board in 1993, Eliza served as the Director responsible for the Service's surveillance and technical operations. She was later appointed Director of Irish counter-terrorism. In 1997 she was appointed Deputy Director General, with day-to-day responsibility for oversight of the Service's operational work and its liaison with other law enforcement and intelligence agencies. She was appointed Director General in October 2002.
Eliza was awarded the honour of Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath (DCB) in HM The Queen's 2005 Birthday Honours