MI6 boss pledges to put woman on shortlist for successor as 'C' to run Secret ... trends now
The UK's top spy has vowed to end all-male shortlists ahead of the appointment of his successor as chief of the Secret Intelligence Service.
In a tweet, Moore, who has been in the post since 2020 and is expected to be there for a further two years at least, said: 'I will help forge women's equality by working to ensure I'm the last C selected from an all-male shortlist.'
About 3,600 personnel are employed by MI6 in its London headquarters at Vauxhall Cross on the south bank of the River Thames and in covert locations around the world.
But despite nearly half of them being women, with a growing number working in senior roles, none has ever made the shortlist to become the head of the service.
Richard Moore (pictured), the head of MI6, who is also known by the codeword 'C', has signalled the time has come to follow in the