| Geoffrey Tantum |
(soldier, deep politician?, diplomat, businessman)
Geoffrey Tantum receives an a award for services rendered to Bahrain
|Born||Geoffrey Alan Tantum|
|Alma mater||Hampton Grammar School, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Oxford University/St John's College|
|Children|| • Laura Tantum|
• Katie Tantum
|Member of||Le Cercle|
Sandhurst, MI6, Former(?) secretary of Le Cercle
Sir Geoffrey Alan Tantum CMG OBE MA MCIL is a former MI6 controller for the Middle East. He reportedly met with Jonathan Aitken every six weeks and swapped information. He was awarded an OBE in 1995. His name was on a list of 117 MI6 operatives posted on the internet in the 1990s by disaffected spook Richard Tomlinson. He was named by The Independent as UK secretary of Le Cercle.
Geoffrey Tantum worked in the UK military from 1959–66, then joined MI6. Having a degree in Arabic, he focused on the Middle East. "The report was based on a tape-recording by a British agent of President Ali Khameni of Iran, giving orders to leaders of Iran's secret service on how they should destabilise Saudi Arabia by a series of terrorist bombings of Saudi government buildings and British and US military offices in Riyadh and Dharan."
Since 2002, he was been a director of a range of UK companies, including Equilibrium Gulf Limited, "an innovative ethical UK-based geo-strategic advisory company with an international focus". His co-directors in Petra Software Limited were George Ritchie Gray, Caroline Anne Tantum, Jeremy Michael Wooding and Ralph Douglas. In 2005, he was working for Gulf Consultancy Services, UK. He was a director of South Pool Property Investments Limited from 2003-07-21 to 2013-01-31.
"Geoffrey continues to act as a personal adviser to a senior Gulf client. Geoffrey is a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists in both Arabic and Italian, has broadcast on Arab TV and radio stations and published work on medieval Muslim warfare."
In 2018 Tantum was honoured "for his outstanding service and contributions in the development of relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Kingdom for over twenty years, during which he promoted common interests and cooperation between the two kingdoms."