Kathleen 'Jane' Archer

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Kathleen 'Jane' Archer née Sissmore was the first woman MI5 officer.[1]

Archer was a trained barrister and served in MI5's B Division as an expert on Soviet espionage before being recruited to MI6 Section IX by Kim Philby.[2]

External Resources


  1. Christopher Andrew, The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5, Allen Lane, 2009, p.128.
  2. Stephen Dorril, MI6: Inside the Covert World of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Fourth Estate Limited, 2000, p.16.