4/11/2023 New Director GCHQ announced - GCHQ.GOV.UK NE WS New Director GCHQ announced Anne Keast-Butler to succeed Sir Jeremy Fleming as the 17th Director of GCHQ Foreign Secretary James Cleverly today announced that Anne Keast-Butler has been appointed to succeed Sir Jeremy Fleming as Director GCHQ, with the agreement of the Prime Minister. Anne Keast-Butler is currently serving as Deputy Director General MI5 and will be the first woman to hold the top position at GCHQ. She will succeed Sir Jeremy Fleming, who in January announced his decision to step down after six years in the role. She will take up her post in May. The appointment was made following a crossgovernment recruitment process chaired by Cabinet Secretary, Simon Case. Announcing the appointment, the Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said: “Anne Keast-Butler has an impressive track record at the heart of the UK’s national security network, helping to counter threats posed by terrorists, cyber-criminals and malign foreign powers. “She is the ideal candidate to lead GCHQ, and Anne will use her vast experience to help keep the British public safe.” National Security Adviser, Sir Tim Barrow said: “I am glad to welcome Anne Keast-Butler’s appointment to Director GCHQ. Anne was the exceptional candidate in a talented field. She brings a wealth of experience from across the national security community, has the vision to take GCHQ into the future and will ensure that it continues its vital work to protect the UK. "I am grateful to Jeremy for his service as Director GCHQ and over a distinguished https://www.gchq.gov.uk/news/new-director 1/3

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