John Adye

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Person.png John Adye  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Sir John Adye KCMG.png
Born24 October 1939
Alma materLeighton Park School, Lincoln College (Oxford)
A former head of GCHQ.

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In office
December 1989 - July 1996
Preceded byPeter Marychurch
Succeeded byDavid Omand

Sir John Anthony Adye was a former director of GCHQ, a post he held from December 1989 to July 1996.[1]


Educated at Leighton Park School and Lincoln College, Oxford,[2] Adye joined GCHQ in the mid-1960s becoming Director in 1989.

Diana Murder witness

Adye was a witness in February 2008 at the inquest into the death of Diana Princess of Wales: in an unprecedented move (normal policy is neither to confirm nor deny operational activities), he strenuously denied that GCHQ had any involvement in either the 'Camillagate' or 'Squidgygate' tapes.[3]

Later life

After retiring from GCHQ in 1996, he served as the chair of the Country Houses Association until 2002.[4] In 2005 he was appointed to the board of the US National Biometric Security Project.[4]