Sir Andrew Parker takes up visiting prof function at Northumbria Regulation College

Sir Andrew Parker – credit score: MI5

The previous director normal of the UK’s safety service will grow to be a visiting professor at Northumbria Regulation College, it has been introduced.

Sir Andrew Parker — who headed up the nation’s home intelligence company (often known as MI5) since 2013 earlier than stepping down in April — will take up his new function on the Newcastle-based college this autumn.

Earlier than changing into MI5’s prime canine, Parker boasted a 37-year profession throughout which he labored throughout a variety of nationwide safety and intelligence roles in areas together with worldwide terrorism, counter espionage, in addition to severe and organised crime.

In 2005, Parker was appointed MI5’s director of worldwide terrorism and tasked with main the company’s response to the 7/7 London bombings. In 2006, his staff went onto foil Al Qaida’s tried assault on airplanes utilizing liquid bombs hidden in drink bottles.

Commenting on his new place, Parker stated:

“As somebody who’s from the North East I’m delighted to be returning to my roots and to have this chance to have interaction with Northumbria’s legislation college students. It will likely be a studying expertise for me — and hopefully provide a useful studying expertise for them.”

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The previous nationwide safety chief added: “Counter terrorism and counter espionage have gotten progressively tougher as the character of threats we face evolves and applied sciences advance at tempo. Tackling these threats is advanced, however whether or not it’s by way of tried and examined strategies, corresponding to the usage of brokers as informants, or new methods of utilizing know-how, for instance for surveillance, judicial oversight and understanding the legislation will play an important function. These are a number of the points I’m wanting ahead to discussing and debating at Northumbria.”

This high-profile appointment comes after former politician and legal professional normal Dominic Grieve QC accepted a visiting professorship at Goldsmiths, College of London last June. Grieve served because the UK’s chief authorized adviser between 2010-2014 below the coalition authorities. A distinguished remainer, Grieve was then ejected from the Conservative celebration final 12 months after backing a invoice in try and cease a no-deal Brexit. He stays a public legislation specialist at Temple Backyard Chambers in London.