CHLOE SQUIRES has been appointed as the new director general for homeland security at the Home Office and also senior responsible officer for counter-terrorism, replacing Tom Hurd who stepped down last month.
Squires, who took up her new role on Thursday 1 April, has been with the Home Office since 2019 and spent over a decade working across the national security community. Before joining the Home Office, Squires served as director of strategy at the National Cyber Security Centre.
Commenting on the appointment, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “The foremost priority of Government is to keep people safe, and Chloe’s wealth of experience working in national security will be invaluable in terms of that mission. I look forward to working closely with her on tackling terrorism and safeguarding our country from hostile threats. I would also like to thank Tom Hurd for his excellent work leading the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism since 2016.”
Home Office Permanent Secretary Matthew Rycroft added: “Chloe is a fantastic addition to the top team and is absolutely the right person to lead on this critical part of the Home Office’s work. I very much look forward to working with her.
A huge Thank You to Tom Hurd for being an excellent director general at the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism. We wish him all the very best for the new chapter in his career.”
Chloe Squires said: “I’m thrilled to have been offered the role at this exciting time for the mission. I look forward to working with my brilliant colleagues across the Home Office and its partners to help deliver the Government’s vital agenda in this area.”