Tom Hurd

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Person.png Tom HurdRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(spook?, banker, diplomat, terrorism expert)
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NationalityUK
Alma materOxford University
Parents • Douglas Hurd
• Tatiana Eyre
Member ofCredit Suisse
Interests • Middle East
• “terrorism”

Thomas Hurd was appointed Director General of The Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism‎ in January 2016, when it was announced that he would take up the post in April 2016.[1]

As of 2018, NNDB had no page for him, but reported him on the page of his father (Douglas Hurd) as "rumoured MI6", after his name appeared on a list of suspected MI6 operatives which was published anonymously on the Internet.[2]

In May 2020, Tom Hurd was seconded to take temporary charge of the newly established Joint Biosecurity Centre,[3] responsible for assessing Covid-19 threat levels, and was succeeded at the JBC by Dr Clare Gardiner on 5 June 2020.[4]

Background

Thomas Hurd was born to Tatiana Hurd (nee Eyre) and Douglas Hurd (a conservative politician, later to be a two time Bilderberg attender and President of Chatham House). He graduated in Arabic and Modern Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford University.[5]

Career

Hurd worked for Credit Suisse for four years before joining the Foreign Office. "Hurd joined the Home Office from the UN Security Council in New York".[5]

Tom Hurd "has held a number of senior posts in the fields of security and counter-terrorism and is an expert in Middle Eastern affairs, having worked as a senior diplomat with responsibility for the region. He received an OBE in 2006."[6]

"Tom has extensive experience working in counter-terrorism and security. He is also an expert in Middle Eastern affairs, having worked as a senior diplomat with responsibility for the region."[7] Commenting on his appointment as Director General of The Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism‎, Mr Hurd said "It is a privilege to join the Home Office. I look forward to working with colleagues across government, law enforcement and the security services to drive the UK’s response to the threats of terrorism and organised crime."[6]


 

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