| Colin McColl |
Colin McColl has appeared in public, but refused to be photographed
Colin Hugh McColl|
1 July 1925
|Died||8 December 2006 (Age 81)|
|Alma mater||Oxford University/Queen's College|
Head of MI6
Sir Colin McColl was chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) from November 1988 - September 1994. The New York Times reported that he was named to head the Secret Intelligence Service in 1989 by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
McColl was the subject of an internal investigation and was ‘outed’ by the UK Prime Minister John Major who in May 1992 announced in Parliament that McColl was indeed the head of the Security Services.
1994 Intelligence Services Bil
In November 1993, as the 1994 Intelligence Services Bill was threatening to put the UK "intelligence services" on a statutory footing, he "emerged from the shadows for the first time" to reassure MI6 officers, stating that "I am very anxious I give some sort of signal (to MI6 agents abroad) that we are not going to open up our files, we are not going to allow ourselves to be undressed in public with their names as part of our baggage". He refused to be photographed, as the Independent put it, to "reassure agents in the field that their identities would be protected". McColl left MI6 a month before the bill came into force.
Sir Colin McColl has put his experience in the field of international espionage and "national security" to use in a variety of institutions, both commercial and non-commercial. In 1994 he became "a consultant for Oxford Analytica, an international consulting firm, focusing on political and economic affairs."
He was also a director of the Scottish American Investment Trust at some point, and was chairman of two charitable trusts involving education for disadvantaged children and assistance for foreign service retirees.
In 1998 he became Advisory Board Member for the ManTech International Corporation (a multi-billion dollar "provider of technologies and solutions for mission-critical national security programs for the Intelligence Community, Departments of Defense, State, Homeland Security and Justice, and other United States federal government agencies").
He was made an honorary fellow of The Queen's College, Oxford.
- Stephen Dorril, MI6: Inside the Covert World of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Touchstone, 2002, p.753.
- Team, Campbell Lutyens, accessed 26 July 2009.