Dame Stella will speak about her life and career. She never expected to have a career at all, after working as an archivist. Having worked her way through the ranks in all three areas of MI5 - counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism – she was appointed Director General in 1992, amid frenzied media attention. A working mother, grandmother and international best-selling writer, she has published her autobiography and ten thrillers, with a female lead character. Open and candid, Dame Stella is the inspiration behind “M”, the character played by Dame Judi Dench in the James Bond 007 films.