Dr Paul Martin CBE

Distinguished Fellow


Dr Paul Martin CBE has thirty years’ practitioner experience in the national security arena. During a career in UK government service from 1986 to 2013 he held a variety of senior positions, including heading the precursor to the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and leading national security preparations for the London 2012 Olympics. From 2013 to 2016 he was the Director of Security for the UK Parliament, with responsibility for its physical, personnel and cyber security. He is an Honorary Principal Research Fellow at Imperial College London, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a member of the Board of the Charity Commission.

Paul was educated at the University of Cambridge and Stanford University. He lectured and researched in behavioural science at the University of Cambridge, and was a Fellow of Wolfson College, before leaving academia to join government service. He is the author or co-author of several books including: Measuring Behaviour; The Sickening Mind; Design for a Life; Counting Sheep; Play, Playfulness, Creativity and Innovation; and Extreme. His most recent book, The Rules of Security (OUP, 2019) is about risk, resilience and protective security.

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