Director, Global Counter Terrorism Operations, British Secret Intelligence Service
Coordinator, United Nations Al-Qaeda & Taliban Monitoring Team
Since March 2004 Richard Barrett has been the Coordinator of a New York-based Team appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to advise the Security Council on the effective development and implementation of a sanctions regime aimed at individuals and groups associated with Al-Qaida and the Taliban. He is also a member of the Secretary-General’s Task Force, established in 2005 to promote a coherent approach to counter-terrorism within the United Nations. Within the Task Force he has particular responsibility for issues to do with radicalisation and extremism that lead to terrorism, terrorist use of the Internet, and terrorist financing. Before working for the United Nations he had a full career with the British Government.