John Gerson

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Person.png John GersonRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(spook, businessman, deep state operative?)
Alma materUniversity of Freiburg, King’s College (Cambridge)
UK spook turned oil executive

Employment.png Director of Security and Public Affairs

In office
1997 - 1999
Dates unconfirmed. He "took early retirement from what was effectively the post of deputy head of MI6 at the end of [1999]."

John Gerson is a spook turned oil executive.


John Gerson worked at MI6, where he reached the post of Director of Security and Public Affairs[1] in around 1997.[2]

Thacther connection

He was HM Consul in Beijing from 1974 to 1977 and interpreted for and advised Margaret Thatcher on China.[citation needed]

Deputy Head of MI6

It became the task of the Director of Security and Public Affairs, and effectively C's number two, John Gerson, to 'deal' with Richard Tomlinson/[3]

Oil executive

He later was given a "top job" at BP.[1]


  1. a b
  2. Stephen Dorril, The Silent Conspiracy: Inside the Intelligence Services in the 1990s, Mandarin, 1994, p.796.