Robert Hannigan CMG
Robert Hannigan was Director of GCHQ from 2014-17. He was a member of the National Security Council.
Robert established the National Cyber Security Centre as part of GCHQ in 2016, having been responsible for the UK’s first cyber strategy in 2009. Robert spent much of his government career in national security. He was the Prime Minister’s Security Adviser at No10 from 2007-10, with a particular focus on Islamist terrorism, and was responsible in the Cabinet Office for the Single Intelligence Account (covering MI5, GCHQ and SIS). He chaired ‘COBR’ through numerous crises and was a longstanding member of the Joint Intelligence Committee, which he chaired in 2011-12. He came to London from Belfast, where he was Tony Blair’s senior official on the Northern Ireland peace process, responsible for negotiations with political parties, paramilitaries and with the Irish and US Governments.
He is a leading authority on cyber security, cyber conflict and the application of technology in national security. He writes regularly on cyber issues in the Financial Times and elsewhere, and advises a number of international companies on cyber security. He is a member of the UK Government’s Defence Innovation Advisory Panel.
Robert is an Honorary Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, a Senior Associate Fellow of RUSI, and one of the few non-US citizens to be awarded the US Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal.