Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller
Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller worked as a teacher for three years at Queen’s Gate School, Kensington, London from 1971–74, having read English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, before joining the Security Service.
Earlier in her career, she led the Service’s investigation into the Lockerbie bombing. She served in Washington during the first Gulf war, returning to establish MI5’s intelligence effort against the Provisional IRA in mainland Britain. She joined the board and assumed lead responsibility for work on Irish terrorism, surveillance, technical collection, finance and IT before becoming Deputy Director General in charge of intelligence operations.
She headed Britain’s Security Service (MI5) from 2002 to 2007, leading the
organisation though substantial change in the wake of 9/11 and the threat from Al-Qaeda. During her time at the helm MI5 doubled in size, opened eight new offices and altered its approach to the professional development of staff with the establishment of a training academy.
In presentations Baroness Manningham-Buller draws on her experience in the most demanding of environments to stress the need for leaders in any walk of life to engage in frank dialogue and invite criticism
Baroness Manningham-Buller is a cross-bench Peer and a Governor of the Wellcome Trust. She was also chosen to deliver the prestigious BBC Reith Lectures, alongside the Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Managing Change under Pressure