Sir John Scarlett, KCMG OBE
Sir John Scarlett served as Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6) from August 2004 to October 2009. He joined SIS in 1971 and over the next 20 years served in Nairobi, Paris and twice in Moscow as well as several assignments in London covering the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. His second time in Moscow (1991-1994) coincided with the end of the USSR and the early years of the Russian Federation. In early September 2001 he retired from SIS on appointment as Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee in the UK Cabinet Office. He rejoined SIS as Head of the Service in 2004.