Baroness (Eliza) Manningham-Buller

Chair of The Wellcome Trust and Former Head of MI5


Eliza Manningham-Buller was educated at Benenden School and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She taught for three years before joining MI5 in 1974.

After a career which included a posting to the British Embassy in Washington, Eliza became Deputy Director General, with responsibility for operations, before leading MI5 as Director General from 2002 to 2007.

She was appointed an independent, crossbench peer in the House of Lords in 2008. She has been a member of the Privileges and Conduct Committee, the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy, and the Science and Technology Committee.

Eliza joined Wellcome as a governor in 2008 and the Council of Imperial College in 2009. She was the Chair of Council from 2011 to 2015.

In 2011, Eliza gave the Reith lectures with Aung San Suu Kyi on Securing Freedom.

In 2015, she became the Co-President of Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs.

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