Charles Farr

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Person.png Charles Farr   PowerbaseRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Born15 July 1959
Died15 February 2019 (Age 59)
Cause of death
Alma materOxford University/Magdalen College

Employment.png Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee

In office
December 2015 - 15 February 2019
Preceded byJon Day
Succeeded bySimon Gass
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Employment.png Director of Security and Public Affairs

In office
? - July 2007
Appointed byJohn Reid


In office

Sir Charles Blandford Farr was a spooky UK civil servant.


Charles Farr was born around 1959. He studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he completed a Ph.D in the philosophy of aesthetics.


The UK government reports that "Charles joined the Diplomatic Service in 1985".[1] He worked for the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) in Afghanistan in the 1980s, in southern Africa and the Middle East.[citation needed]

He was MI6's director of security and public affairs in July 2007 when he was given the job of Director of Security and Public Affairs by John Reid to the position. The Financial Times reported in April 2014 that Farr was one of three people shortlisted for the role of Director of GCHQ, a job later given to Robert Hannigan.

Farr was advised by Jahan Mahmood for three years "on deradicalisation issues".[2]