Boris Johnson has appointed Sir Stephen Augustus Lovegrove, a top Mandarin Minister of Defense, to succeed Lord David Frost as the next National Security Advisor.
At 6ft 6in, both in his perception of security and protection and his physical size, the MoD’s Permanent Secretary is a giant, although he has said that he never gives his height too much consideration.
Before moving on to study English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Sir Stephen, who has held the job since April 2016 and worked under four state secretaries, was privately trained at Warwick School.
Upon entering the world of work, he spent five years as a strategic consultant followed by a decade at Deutsche Bank, where he was the head of the European media team working on a wide range of capital raisings, acquisitions and divestments in all the sub-sectors of the media industry.
He later spent nine years at the shareholder executive and was appointed chief executive in June 2007. In 2013, he took on a role working as Permanent Secretary of the Department of Energy and Climate Change until taking on his current role at the MoD.
He is married to the British screenwriter Kate Brooke, who has worked on shows including Mr Selfridge, and once said that “it would be fair to say that my wife does try to mine me for interesting story ideas”, but added that he was known for his discretion. The couple have two daughters and live in London.
Mr Johnson said in a statement: “I am hugely grateful to Lord Frost for his herculean efforts in securing a deal with the EU, and I am thrilled that he has agreed to be my representative for Brexit and International Policy as we seize the opportunities from our departure from the EU.
“I am also delighted to appoint Sir Stephen Lovegrove as my National Security Adviser. Stephen brings with him a wealth of experience from across Whitehall and in National Security, and I look forward to working closely together to deliver this Government’s vision for the UK in the world.”