Born and educated in England, Stella Rimington joined the Security Service (MI5) part-time in 1965, while she was in India accompanying her husband on a posting to the British High Commission in New Delhi. On her return to the UK she joined MI5 as a full-time employee. During her career in MI5, Stella Rimington worked in all the main fields of the Service's responsibilities - counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism - and became successively Director of all three branches. She was appointed Director-General of MI5 in 1992. She was made a Dame Commander of the Bath (DCB) in 1995, and retired from MI5 in 1996, to take up various non-executive directorships and charity work.