Robert Hannigan, a former director of GCHQ, has been named as one of six new members appointed to the Board of Trustees at Bletchley Park. The museum, which was home to the UK’s codebreaking operation during the Second World War, was a forerunner to the Government Communication Headquarters.
Sir John Scarlett, Chair of the Bletchley Park Trust, said: “We are delighted to welcome our latest group of new Trustees. Their appointment will further strengthen the Board and comes at an exciting time, as the museum prepares to open a significant new exhibition in a restored building this Easter. Our Trustees bring a wealth of experience in contemporary intelligence, cyber security and more, which will help enhance our understanding of how the work of Bletchley Park during the Second World War remains highly relevant to society in 2018.”
Hannigan is a leading authority on cyber security and was Director of GCHQ from 2014-17, during which time he established the National Cyber Security Centre. A former Security Adviser to the Prime Minister, he was a member of the National Security Council. Speaking about his appointment at Bletchley Park, Hannigan said: ““The story of computing and the digital era starts with Bletchley Park. It’s a great privilege to be involved in helping the Trust to bring this history alive for new generations.”
The Bletchley Park Trust Board has also appointed:
- Professor Liz Bacon, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich
- Natalie Black, Deputy Director of the Number 10 Policy Unit, and Director of the Internet Harms Unit
- Liz Bushell, Executive Director and CFO at Arts Council England
- Charles Macdonald, Chief Executive of Milton Keynes Development Partnership
- Adam Singer, Chair of Digital Radio UK and the UK Hydrographic Office
Liz Bushell said: “I am excited at becoming a Trustee of Bletchley Park and to be involved in this amazing, historic place.”
Adam Singer said: “Bletchley Park helped save Britain for the now, gave birth to the computing we know now and to be part of the team that ensures Bletchley Park stays part of the now is a great honour.”
The Trust’s mission is to preserve and enhance Bletchley Park, to attract, engage and educate visitors from all over the world through the continuing restoration and development of the entire estate and its exhibitions. By highlighting the codebreaking achievements of Bletchley Park in WW2 and its role as a birthplace of computing, it reinforces the site’s importance for understanding the past and its relevance to the future.