Sir David Omand GCB

Distinguished Fellow


Sir David Omand GCB is a Visiting Professor in the War Studies Department, King's College London and at PSIA Sciences-Po in Paris where he teaches intelligence studies. He has been a Vice-President of RUSI and is now a Distinguished Fellow.

His posts in government service included UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator,  Permanent Secretary of the Home Office and  Director of GCHQ, the UK’s signals intelligence and cyber-security organisation. In the Ministry of Defence he served as Deputy Under Secretary of State for Policy and as Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State. He is the Senior Independent Director of Babcock International Group plc and is on the senior advisory board of Paladin Capital Group investing in the cybersecurity sector.

He is the author of Securing the State (Hurst 2010) and Principled Spying: the ethics of secret intelligence (OUP 2018).

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