Peter Hayman

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Person.png Peter Hayman   Powerbase SourcewatchRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(spook, diplomat)
Peter Hayman.jpg
Born14 June 1914
Died9 April 1992 (Age 77)
British diplomat and spy

Employment.png Deputy Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service

In office
1973 - 1978
BossMaurice Oldfield
Preceded byMaurice Oldfield
These dates are uncertain, as are the circumstances regarding his departure. In 1978 a dossier of child pornography was found on a bus, later linked by police to Hayman.

Employment.png UK/High Commissioner to Canada

In office
1970 - 1974
Preceded byColin Crowe
Reportedly a key liaison between UK and USA intelligence.

Employment.png Baghdad Station Chief

In office
1959 - 1961

Employment.png Malta Station Chief

In office
1958 - 1959

Employment.png Belgrade Station Chief

In office
1955 - 1958

Sir Peter Hayman (a.k.a. 'Peter Henderson') was a British diplomat and spy.[1]


Peter Hayman joined MI6 aged 40, in 1954. He rose though the ranks until working as UK High Commissioner in Canada from 1970-74, when he officially retired, but is suspected to have become Deputy Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service.[2] Previously he was director general of British Information Services in New York 1961-64 and deputy commandant of the British Military Government in West Berlin 1964-66.[3]

Hayman was knighted in 1971 for his work in HM Diplomatic Service.[4]

The Guardian referred to Hayman in his obituary as a "long-time Deputy Chief of MI6" but did not give any dates.[5]

Sexual misconduct

In October 1978, Hayman supposedly left a package of paedophilia-related materials on a London bus, naming him as "Peter Henderson". Police traced this back to him[How?] he was investigated for paedophilia but never charged. It is uncertain whether he was Deputy Chief of MI6 at the time.[6][7]

Paedophilia allegations

In 1981, Hayman was named in the House of Commons as a paedophile by Geoffrey Dickens MP. In April 1981 Sir Michael Havers, the Attorney General, said in parliament that while Hayman was a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange, he was never a member of the executive committee, so was not prosecuted as others were for publishing contact advertisements.[8][9]

Later, on 29 November 1985, Dickens complained in the House of Commons that he had suffered harassment following his naming of Hayman. "The noose around my neck grew tighter after I named a former high-flying British diplomat on the Floor of the House. Honourable Members will understand that where big money is involved and as important names came into my possession so the threats began. First, I received threatening telephone calls followed by two burglaries at my London home. Then, more seriously, my name appeared on a multi-killer's hit list."[10] The Independent newspaper in February 2013 could find no corroboration for Dickens' claims in 1985.

2014 Allegations

In 2014, a man identified as 'Nick' claimed to have been abused by a number of VIPs in a luxury apartment complex, from 1979-1982, when he was aged 11. He identified Peter Hayman from photos.[11] The same informant told police that that he saw a child being killed at those parties.[12] The Metropolitan Police publicly described the allegations at the time as "credible and true", but no arrests were made as a result of a 2 year investigation of the allegations, and the accuser was later identified as Carl Beech, who was himself jailed for child sexual offences, perverting the course of justice & fraud in July 2019.[13]

Gross indecency

In 1984, Hayman was convicted for an act of gross indecency in a public lavatory.[14]


Related Quotation

Thomas Hetherington“The DPP at the time, Sir Thomas Hetherington, agreed not to prosecute [Peter] Hayman, the late senior diplomat and MI6 officer, at a private meeting with his solicitor, Sir David Napley, who pleaded with the country’s top prosecutor to let his client off being charged with distributing obscene material through the post. The disclosures are contained in a statement by Jeremy Naunton, a solicitor who worked on the case in the DPP’s office, for the inquiry into child sexual abuse. The statement is set to be presented to the inquiry panel next Wednesday when Naunton is due to be called to testify during the third week of hearings in its Westminster investigation."”Thomas Hetherington
Mark Watts
22 March 2019