Sir Robert John Sawers, KCMG (born 26 July 1955) is a British diplomat and senior civil servant. He is the current Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). He was previously the British Permanent Representative to the United Nations from August 2007 to November 2009.
Born in Warwick, Sawers was brought up in a family of five children in Bath and educated at the City of Bath Boys' School (which became Beechen Cliff School before he left), where he still holds the 440-yard hurdles school record. He studied physics and philosophy at the University of Nottingham and spent periods at the Universities of St Andrews, Witwatersrand and Harvard. His interests include theatre, hiking and sport, especially tennis and cycling. His wife Shelley is a teacher. They have three grown-up children.
Sawers was announced as the new chief of the Secret Intelligence Service on 16 June 2009, succeeding Sir John Scarlett. He took up his new appointment in November 2009. In July 2009 his family details were removed from the social networking site Facebook following media interest in the contents.