Pauline Neville-Jones

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Lilian Pauline Neville-Jones, Baroness Neville-Jones DCMG PC (born 2 November 1939) is a former BBC
The British Broadcasting Corporation is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters is at Broadcasting House in the City of Westminster, London. It is the largest broadcaster in the world, with about 23,000 staff...

 Governor and Chairman of the British
United Kingdom
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 Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC). Before her elevation to the Peerage she was known as Dame Pauline Neville-Jones, DCMG. On 12 May 2010, the new Prime Minister David Cameron
David Cameron
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 appointed Lady Neville-Jones his Minister of State for Security and Counter Terrorism at the Home Office
Home Office
The Home Office is the United Kingdom government department responsible for immigration control, security, and order. As such it is responsible for the police, UK Border Agency, and the Security Service . It is also in charge of government policy on security-related issues such as drugs,...

 with a permanent position on the newly created National Security Council
National Security Council (United Kingdom)
The National Security Council of the United Kingdom is a Cabinet Committee tasked with overseeing all issues related to national security, intelligence coordination, and defence strategy. The NSC was established on 12 May 2010 by Prime Minister David Cameron...


On 9 May 2011, the BBC reported that Lady Neville-Jones had resigned her role as Security Minister at "her own request." Her Security brief was taken over by James Brokenshire
James Brokenshire
James Peter Brokenshire is a British Conservative Party politician. He is the Member of Parliament for Old Bexley and Sidcup and Minister for Security at the Home Office that grants him a seat on the National Security Council.-Early life:He was educated at Davenant Foundation Grammar School, the...



Lady Neville-Jones was educated at Leeds Girls' High School
Leeds Girls' High School
Leeds Girls' High School was an independent, selective, fee paying school for girls aged 3–18 located in Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England...

 and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
Lady Margaret Hall is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England, located at the end of Norham Gardens in north Oxford. As of 2006 the college had an estimated financial endowment of £34m....

 (Modern History).

Civil Service

Lady Neville-Jones was a career member of HM Diplomatic Service
Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service
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 from 1963 to 1996, during which time she served in British Missions in Rhodesia
Rhodesia , officially the Republic of Rhodesia from 1970, was an unrecognised state located in southern Africa that existed between 1965 and 1979 following its Unilateral Declaration of Independence from the United Kingdom on 11 November 1965...

, Singapore
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, Washington, DC and Bonn
Bonn is the 19th largest city in Germany. Located in the Cologne/Bonn Region, about 25 kilometres south of Cologne on the river Rhine in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, it was the capital of West Germany from 1949 to 1990 and the official seat of government of united Germany from 1990 to 1999....

. Between 1977 and 1982 she was seconded to the European Commission
European Commission
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 where she worked as Deputy and then Chef de Cabinet
Chef de Cabinet
Chef de Cabinet is the head of an office in the United Nations Secretariat, appointed by the Secretary-General, or in the European Commission, appointed by an individual European Commissioner for his personal cabinet. The position's rank and responsibilities are equivalent to a chief of staff....

 to Commissioner Christopher Tugendhat.

From 1991 to 1994 she was Head of the Defence and Overseas Secretariat in the Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office
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 and Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet
Cabinet (government)
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. During 1993 and 1994 she was Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee. From 1994, until her retirement, she was Political Director in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, commonly called the Foreign Office or the FCO is a British government department responsible for promoting the interests of the United Kingdom overseas, created in 1968 by merging the Foreign Office and the Commonwealth Office.The head of the FCO is the...

, in which capacity she led the British delegation to the Dayton
Dayton Agreement
The General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, also known as the Dayton Agreement, Dayton Accords, Paris Protocol or Dayton-Paris Agreement, is the peace agreement reached at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio in November 1995, and formally signed in Paris on...

 negotiations on the Bosnia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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 peace settlement.


She was appointed a BBC governor in January 1998. Her final post was as the Chairman of the Governors' World Service Consultative Group. Neville-Jones was Chairman of the Audit Committee
Audit committee
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 from 1998: she stood down from that position in September 2004. She left the BBC on 31 December 2004.


From 2002 to 2005, Lady Neville-Jones was also non-executive chairman of the part Government-owned defence technology company QinetiQ
Qinetiq is a British global defence technology company, formed from the greater part of the former UK government agency, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency , when it was split up in June 2001...

, which was privatised for £1.3 billion in February 2006.


In January 2006 Dame Pauline joined one of the Conservative Party
Conservative Party (UK)
The Conservative Party, formally the Conservative and Unionist Party, is a centre-right political party in the United Kingdom that adheres to the philosophies of conservatism and British unionism. It is the largest political party in the UK, and is currently the largest single party in the House...

's new 'policy groups' on national security.

On 2 July 2007 it was announced that she would become shadow
Shadow Cabinet
The Shadow Cabinet is a senior group of opposition spokespeople in the Westminster system of government who together under the leadership of the Leader of the Opposition form an alternative cabinet to the government's, whose members shadow or mark each individual member of the government...

 Security Minister and a working peer. This was gazetted as Baroness Neville-Jones, of Hutton Roof in the County of Cumbria
Cumbria , is a non-metropolitan county in North West England. The county and Cumbria County Council, its local authority, came into existence in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972. Cumbria's largest settlement and county town is Carlisle. It consists of six districts, and in...

 on 15 October 2007.

On 9 January 2009, she warned that Israel's ongoing war in the Gaza Strip
2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict
The Gaza War, known as Operation Cast Lead in Israel and as the Gaza Massacre in the Arab world, was a three-week bombing and invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israel, and hundreds of rocket attacks on south of Israel which...

 would encourage revolutionary Islamism
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 in Arab countries and Islamic terrorism beyond, and called for a revival of the Middle East peace process.

On 13 May 2010, she was appointed Minister of State for Security and Counter Terrorism in David Cameron's Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition government, and was also created a Privy Counsellor in addition to her ministerial role.

On 31 March 2011 she told the Daily Telegraph that Britain's Muslim population needs to be persuaded by the government that Britain is a single nation, and that they can't just "rub along together" but must be persuaded that their long-term future lies in Britain.

On 9 May 2011, Lady Neville-Jones resigned from her post as Minister of State for Security and Counter-Terrorism at the Home Office at her own request.


She is an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
Lady Margaret Hall is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England, located at the end of Norham Gardens in north Oxford. As of 2006 the college had an estimated financial endowment of £34m....

 and Doctor of the University of London
University of London
-20th century:Shortly after 6 Burlington Gardens was vacated, the University went through a period of rapid expansion. Bedford College, Royal Holloway and the London School of Economics all joined in 1900, Regent's Park College, which had affiliated in 1841 became an official divinity school of the...

 and the Open University
Open University
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She was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Order of St Michael and St George
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 (CMG) in 1987, and was raised to Dame Commander (DCMG) in the 1995 New Year's Honours
British honours system
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. She was appointed Chevalier
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 (Knight) of the French Légion d'honneur
Légion d'honneur
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 in 2009.


  • Miss Pauline Neville-Jones (1939–1987)
  • Miss Pauline Neville-Jones, CMG (1987–1995)
  • Dame Pauline Neville-Jones, DCMG (1995–2007)
  • The Rt Hon. The Baroness Neville-Jones, DCMG (2007–present)

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