Gerry Warner

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Person.png Gerry WarnerRdf-icon.png
(spook, diplomat)
BornGerald Warner
A former deputy director of MI6. No Wikipedia page known as of 2015!

Employment.png Deputy Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service

In office
1990 - 1998
Was not Deputy Chief for this whole time, but at some point between 1990 and February 1998. By February 1998, he had retired.

Sir Gerry Warner an MI6 officer who became Deputy Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service in the 1990s. His wife, Mary Warner, was "one of the foremost researchers in fuzzy mathematics".[1]


Gerald Warner studied history at Oxford, graduating in 1954 and joined the "Diplomatic Service in the Intelligence Branch". In 1956 he married a mathematic student at Oxford, Mary Wynne Davies. [1][2]


In 1956, his job took him to China, where his first son, Sian was born and soon after he returned to London. In 1959 Jonathan was born and soon the family were off to Burma where the third of Warner's children, Rachel, was born in 1961. In the 1960s he worked in Poland, then for two years in Geneva. His last overseas posting was from 1974-1976, in Malaysia. His wife's prodigous mathematical talent began to make itself known and between 1980 and 1985 she wrote 20 papers on tolerance spaces and automata.[1]


Warner was MI6's Director of Counterintelligence and Security in the late 1980s.[3]


Warner was Co-ordinator for Intelligence and Security from 1991 to 1996.[4][5] When asked by Robert Fellowes "What shall I tell Her Majesty her Secret Intelligence Service is for?" Warner reportedly said "Please tell her it is the last penumbra of her Empire."[6] The BBC reports him as stating that "the main concern was always balancing the value of possible intelligence against the risk."[7]

Family Tragedy

Warner's son Jonathan and daughter Sian reportedly had mental health problems and both took their own lives during the 1990s.[1]

Later activities

He is quoted by BBC occasionally on espionage matters, and in a 2001 story criticising the total cost of the UK's intelligence agencies, he estimated that "the total cost the UK's intelligence gathering is £2.5bn, when all military intelligence and satellite surveillance is included."[8]



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